Classic French Pissaladière Recipe: How to Make it from Scratch

Impress your dinner guests with this classic French Pissaladière recipe. Learn how to make it from scratch with our step-by-step instructions.

Pissaladière is a mouth-watering French tart featuring a harmonious blend of caramelized onions with a touch of sweetness, complemented by the saltiness of anchovies and the tanginess of olives. It’s a classic specialty hailing from the South of France, ideal for various occasions ranging from casual gatherings to upscale events.


  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 2 lbs yellow onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 6-8 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the sliced onions and thyme leaves to the skillet and cook until the onions are soft and golden brown, about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Season the onions with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Roll out the pizza dough into a rectangular shape and transfer it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Spread the caramelized onions over the pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  7. Arrange the anchovy fillets and sliced olives over the onions.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you prefer a thicker crust, you can use a pre-made pie crust instead of pizza dough.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to make the onions cook faster.
  • If you don’t like anchovies, you can substitute them with sliced prosciutto or ham.
  • For a vegetarian version, omit the anchovies and use capers instead.
  • Pissaladière is great as a party appetizer, so you can cut it into small squares for your guests to enjoy.

Pissaladière is a classic French dish that’s easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. Its sweet and savory flavors and flaky crust make it a perfect dish for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just want to enjoy a delicious meal at home, give this recipe a try and impress your guests with your culinary skills.

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  1. Pissaladière is a delicious French onion tart that combines sweet caramelized onions, salty anchovies, and briny olives. It’s a traditional dish from the South of France that’s perfect for any occasion, from casual family dinners to elegant parties.
    Emma Jones


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