It's September 1st. It's Labor Day weekend. IknowIknowIknow...
But not so fast.
Fall doesn't start until September 22nd, thankyouverymuch.
So Pissaladière, a Provençal caramelized onion, olive, and anchovy tart, the perfect kind of thing to have with a bottle of rosé chilled all the way down...to the south of France because, you know, it's summer.
Pissaladière | Caramelized Onions, Anchovy, and Olive Tart
For the Caramelized Onion and Anchovy Topping
¼ cup good olive oil, plus extra for brushing
2-3 pounds yellow onions, halved lengthwise and sliced ¼-inch thick
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
generous pinches of kosher salt + black pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
For the Pissaladière
1 rectangle of puff pastry
12 to 18 anchovy fillets
12 French black olives, preferably oil-cured, pitted
flour to dust parchment paper/baking sheet
For the topping, heat the olive oil in a very large saute pan and cook the onions, thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic over low heat for 45 minutes, until the onions are sweet and cooked but not browned. Toss the onions from time to time.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and very lightly dust with flour. Unroll/Unfold the puff pastry dough onto the parchment paper on the baking sheet. Carefully fold about 1-inch of the dough over to create a raised "edge" on every side.
Spread the onions evenly onto the puff pastry inside the raised edges. Arrange the anchovies and olives on top, brush the edge of the dough with olive oil, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and crisp.
Transfer the pissaladière to a large cutting board by picking up the parchment paper (you could probably just serve it right on the parchment paper). Cut with a very sharp knife and serve warm.
Like any pizza, cold pissaladière tastes pretty good straight out of the fridge the next morning, too (if you have any leftover, that is).