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How to Make La Pissaladière the Niçoise Flatbread

It’s hard to define la Pissaladière with slow-cooked onions, olives and anchovies. It’s not quite pizza, not quite a focaccia, but somewhere in between. Nevertheless, this popular street food is a delicious reason to visit Nice, France!

What is La Pissaladière?

A staple in traditional Cuisine Nissarde recipes, la Pissaladièra (in Nissart) is reproduced below with the permission of the Office de Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d’Azur. While the exact origins of pissaladière are unclear, it is a dish that may have evolved as it moved along the Ligurian coastline – a Niçoise take on Genoese focaccia. Regardless, there are mentions of pissalat à la niçoise in the 19th-century.

“An emblematic specialty of Niçoise cuisine, as well as socca or salade niçoise, the pissaladière takes its name from the fact that this specialty was brushed with pissalat before cooking. It is the memory of the «manna» of the Romans, meal composed of bread with another food: onions, olives, meat, fish, vegetables. A pissaladière, accompanied by a glass of wine, allows you to taste the fundamental trilogy of Mediterranean food, bread, oil, and wine …” ~ Office de Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d’Azur.

Find this recipe and many other Niçoise specialities in Carnets de cuisine du Comté de Nice. You can purchase the book online at Amazon or the Office de Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d’Azur.

La Pissaladiere Niçoise Flatbread

La Pissaladière

Carnets de cuisine du Comté de Nice
This traditional recipe is so popular that there are even songs written about this savoury flatbread. Slow-cooked onions are layered on a soft dough crust and decorated with olives and anchovies. Nothing could be better served with a glass of local rosé any time of the year!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Lunch Dish
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 8 people



For the Bread Dough:

  • 500 g Flour
  • 15 to 20 g Baker’s Yeast
  • 10 to 15 ml Water
  • 15 ml Olive Oil
  • 10 g Salt

For the Filling:

  • 4 lbs Onions
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 8 fillets of Salted Anchovies
  • 100 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 bouquet garni thyme, bay leaf, rosemary,
  • handful of Black Nice Olives
  • Salt and Ground Pepper


Prepare the Onions:

  • Peel the onions, slice them finely, and place them in a cooking pot with the olive oil, the unpeeled garlic cloves, the bouquet garni, salt and pepper. Cover and leave to cook on low heat for 45 minutes. The key is that the onions must cook without browning. Add some water to the pot if necessary, but the liquid must be completely absorbed by the end of the cooking. Stop cooking just before the onions sizzle. Remove the garlic and the bouquet garni.

Make the Dough:

  • Place 125g of flour in a heap on a flat surface. Make a hole, and add the yeast, moistened with some warm water. Knead the flour and the yeast to obtain a dough ball and leave it to rest in a terrine dish covered with a cloth. The dough should double in size in 30 minutes.
  • Make a ring out of the rest of the flour, and put water, olive oil and salt in the middle. Knead the dough, adding water for a good consistency. Add the yeast dough and knead both together. Allow the mixture to rest for an hour covered.

Final Stage:

  • Oil a 30 cm pie dish (or a baking sheet), spread the pastry to a thickness of 5 mm, add the onions and decorate with anchovies and olives.
  • Put in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 180/200°C (350°F/400°F). Add some ground pepper when taking the pissaladière out of the oven.
  • Let the dish cool before serving.
Keyword Flatbread, Olives, Onions
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With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

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