Thursday, October 20, 2011

FFWD: onion and anchovy tart. No, really.

This week's ffwd recipe was for a street food from Normandy called pissaladiere.

Yes, I prepared a recipe that involved 6 onions, 12 anchovies, and a bunch of black olives, spread over a rectangular flatbread. I even sorta enjoyed the taste I had tonight. Woulda made a good appetizer before our awesome dinner of breaded flounder, rice, and summer squash. However, as I was stuck at work till almost 7pm and the dough and the onions each take an hour or so to prepare, it instead became an extremely eccentric dessert course.

I caramelized the heck out of those onions, which is just about the only way I'm going to eat this much onion in a dish. The sweetness of the onions worked well with the brininess of the anchovies and olives. But still. Weird, right? The things I'll do for Dorie.

You can read about the other wonderful folks who will put crazy ingredients together for Dorie here. It looks like there wasn't a lot of love for this dish. I will say, I wasn't sure about it last night, but this morning Mr Leaven and I both woke up craving a piece for breakfast... it grows on you, I guess.




14 comments:

  1. That's awesome that you followed the recipe. I couldn't fathom using six onions when I was just making a mini pizza for myself. Great post!

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  2. I see absolutely nothing wrong with anchovies for breakfast! Nice job making this one, even if you were a bit skeptical.

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  3. LOL! You sure did caramelize the heck out of those onions! :) Lovely! Bet they tasted great! :)

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  4. Same thing happened to me, I was craving this the entire day day after making....looks like a successful recipe for you!

    Happy French Friday!

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  5. We also loved it at room temperature. It would be a great appetizer! Enjoyed reading your post! Have a great weekend.

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  6. We enjoyed this one a lot. It's hard to go wrong with caramelized onions! Glad it grew on you.

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  7. Your onions look wonderful! I wish I had had the patience to cook them to the really dark color.

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  8. There were definitely two camps on this one.
    Since joing FFwD, I have had some very odd dishes at strange times of the day. I guess that is half the fun :-)
    Soemthing magical happens to onions as they cook over low heat for long periods of time. Some things just can't be rushed. I am craving French Onion Soup now...

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  9. I had to laugh when you said this ended up as the dessert course. I'm glad liked it.

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  10. "became an extremely eccentric dessert course" I laughed out loud at this, I ate mine after dinner at 9:30 at night for the same reason (and I didn't even make the dough!) When I woke up the next day, I was craving more caramelized onions 0 the whole house smelled of them. :-)

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  11. Cute post...I love that you caramelized the heck out of the onions :) Glad you enjoyed!!!

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  12. I can't imagine eating this for breakfast ... it was all I could do to pack my kids' lunches with the lingering smell from the night before! I could take it in small doses, but I'm glad we halved the recipe!

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  13. Ah yes, the things we do for Dorie indeed! I loved this one...I'd even eat it for dessert but then I am eccentric too.

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  14. Loved how you said you wanted this the next morning. I had that experience with the "Beggars Pasta" a while back and it made a delicious (albeit unusual) breakfast dish. I passed on this one but Nana made it and enjoyed it. She is on "team anchovy". We agreed to play around with other options over the longer Thanksgiving break. Fish free options :)

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