Easy onion and anchovy tart
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Easy onion and anchovy tart

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Serves 2

This is a cheat's pissaladiere - the deliciously classic trio of onions, anchovies and olives on top of an easy-to-prepare puff pastry base.

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  • 1tbsp oil
  • 6 medium sized onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 250 g puff pastry
  • Tin anchovies, drained (approx 12 anchovies)
  • 12 black olives, cut in half
  • Small handful of parsley


    1. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan180C/gas6. Put a large baking sheet into the oven to warm up.
    2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan, add the onions and the sugar, and cook, uncovered for 20 minutes until the onions are meltingly soft and starting to caramelise. If the onions look a little dry at any point, add a splash of water. (A tip: if you have some onion chutney or onion marmalade to hand, a dollop of this in here will add to the flavour.
    3. While the onions are cooking, roll out your pastry to the thickness of a pound coin, and so it fits your baking sheet. Prick the pastry 4 or 5 times with a fork. Carefully remove your hot baking sheet from the oven and slide the pastry onto it. Return in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
    4. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and spread with the cooked onions, leaving a border of pastry free around the edges. Arrange your anchovies and cut olives over the top of the onions. Add a drizzle of olive oil if you like.
    5. Put back in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and crisp on the border, and the base is completely cooked. Sprinkle with parsley, cut into big slices and enjoy hot or cool - equally delicious. This is great with a tomato salad, or some roasted beetroot.

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21st Feb, 2008
That looks lovely!
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