la pissaladière

© Jessie Kanelos

Caught in a breakfast rut this morning, I would have made Gwyneth proud.  I refueled with a bowl of miso soup.  As all the neighborhood bakers are sunning themselves on the French Riv’ this time of year, those of us ‘left behind’ must fend for ourselves.  Baguette is in demand.  However miso soup was a welcome savory change first thing in the morning.   I admit to loving the French breakfast.  But it is a strict formula of coffee, toast, butter, and jam.  A tartine, a grilled day-old baguette with a few leaves of butter and a generous smear of jam (quince being the flavor of the week) has easily replaced my matinal soft-poached egg on wheat.

So while we were sunning ourselves on the French Riv’ a few weeks ago, much to my surprise, pissaladière, a caramelized onion pizza studded with olives and draped with anchovies, was eaten alongside an espresso for breakfast.  Pissaladière is not reserved just for the morning; it is a savory
Niçoise snack at all hours.  But hung up on my tartine regime, I instantly turned up my nose at the pairing of coffee and onions.  But the sweetly caramelized onions and briny olives baked beautifully into the spongy dough, a long-lost savory sidekick to my café Américain.

Taste a mean pissaladière at Kiosque Tintin (3 Place Gén Charles De Gaulle  06100 Nice).  Or save a trip to Nice and make it at home.  So whether serving a slice as a light lunch with a green salad or sneaking a little the morning-after, it is highly recommendable over miso.


1 ball pizza or bread dough

2 pounds yellow onions, halved and cut into 1/4 inch slices

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 can best-quality anchovies

20 black olives

1/2 teaspoon thyme

salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste

1.)   Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

2.)   In a sauté pan over low heat, cook onions until soft and transparent, about 10 minutes.  Add garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Cook 20 more minutes until golden and caramelized.

3.)  On a floured surface, roll the dough until 1/4 inch thick.  Place on a cookie sheet.

4.)  Spread onion mixture evenly on dough, creating a 3/4 inch border all the way around.  Layer anchovies and olives on top.

5.)  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is crisp.

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  1. thefrancofly says:

    Yes, it’s halfway between a fry up and a tartine. Don’t knock it till you try it! Bon app’.

    Thanks for reading. And sending you a bonne journee direct from Paris!

  2. canalcook says:

    This sounds like my kind of breakfast. I’m not a big fan of sweet breakfast foods, or the Irish savoury alternative, a fry up. I had a beautiful pissaladiere at Brasserie Zedel in London recently, wouldn’t have thought to try it for breakfast but will now.

  3. thefrancofly says:

    Thanks, Mendy. You summed it up well. I jump out of bed thinking of onions and anchovies. But when on vacation…

    Wishing you an excellent morning from Paris!

  4. Mendy says:

    Hi, just read your article in Bonjour Paris. Loved it. Don’t know if I can do onions and anchovies in the morning..may have to stick to cafe creme and pain chocolat! Hard to find those items in Texas though. Have a great day.

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