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4 Ingredients Vegetarian Pissaladiere
Red Onion & Black Olives "Pissaladiere" or French Pizza
An Easy 4 Ingredient Vegetarian Pizza Variation
A “Pissaladiere” is a French-style pizza that uses puff pastry as a base instead of the regular pizza dough used in Italy and almost every other part of the world. The French Pissaladiere doesn´t necessarily use tomato sauce or cheese, and has the advantage that readymade puff pastry is sold almost everywhere.
This Red Onion & Black Olives Pissaladiere brings together the classic Mediterranean tastes in a simple and easy, yet eye-catching way. It is a very versatile vegetarian recipe that can be custom made for many different occasions:
- If you are cooking for one, you can quickly make an individual pissaladiere for a nice looking French lunch.
- If you are cooking for family or friends, you can make, in just about the same amount of time, a family-size pissaladiere that looks quite fancy and couldn´t be easier to make.
- If you are having a party, you can make mini snack-size pissaladieres for your guests.
Ingredients for Family Size Pissaladiere
- 75g (3oz) black olives, whole and pitted
- 500g red onions, cut into long thin strips (julienne)
- 500g (1 ¼lb) puff pastry
- 5 Tbsp olive oil
Ingredients for Individual Pissaladiere
- 5 black olives, whole and pitted
- ½ big red onion, cut into long thin strips (julienne)
- about 83g (3oz) puff pastry
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
Individual Square Pissaladiere
Instructions Individual & Family Size Pissaladiere
- Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F.
- Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan and cook the red onions gently, stirring frequently, until the onions are caramelized (soft and golden). Season to taste.
- Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface until desired thickness (2-3mm should be fine).
- Cut out the puff pastry to the desired form of your Pissaladiere; you can go for a square, rectangular, round or an irregular rustic form.
- Transfer the puff pastry Pissaladiere base to a lightly dampened baking sheet.
- Evenly spread the cooked red onions over the puff pastry within 1cm (½in) of the edges.
- Sprinkle the black olives on top.
- Bake the Pissaladiere for about 20 minutes or until the pastry has a nice golden color.
- Serve warm.
Serving Suggestions for a Complete Vegetarian Meal
- For a light lunch: serve the Red Onion & Black Olives Pissaladiere with a nice and refreshing simple mixed greens salad.
- For a complete meal: have a Tomato Soup made with fresh tomatoes as an entrée, followed by the Red Onion & Black Olives Pissaladiere with a green salad.
- Suggested Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake, a chocolaty and dense gluten free version of an old time favorite. This chocolate cake is made from a mash sweet potato base and is surprisingly light chocolate dessert. Served chilled, its like a dense version of an ice-cream.
You can add your cheese of choice to the Red Onion & Black Olives Pissaladiere and make different versions within this:
- Add some crumbled fresh goat cheese or some grated Parmesan after baking.
- Layer some thin slices of melting cheese in with the caramelized red onions.
Other Vegetarian Pissaladieres:
- Replace the red onion julienne with zucchini julienne for a "Green Pissaladiere".
- Make a "Mixed Mushrooms Pissaladiere" with a combination of white, oyster, portobello, morel, chanterelles and any other edible mushrooms you may have at hand.