We celebrated some big family birthdays this weekend and all pitched in with the food. (Marinated and grilled skirt steak with roasted potatoes; gorgeous grilled zucchini ribbons with proscuitto; and string beans made up our main course.) It was a perfect September afternoon, so we had drinks and snacks out in the garden. I made my favorite appetizer, a pissaladiere.
It’s a Nicoise thing and really easy to make (if you use Trader Joe’s pizza dough!). Just cook down lots of onions until they’re super soft and sweet. Stretch out the dough. Top with onion, make a pattern with anchovies (I slice them in half so they don’t overwhelm) and stick on Nicoise olives (or untraditional Kalamata halves, as I did) and bake. Cut into squares and serve!
For those poor souls who don’t love anchovies, I also made a smoked salmon version with the dough, creme fraiche and chives.
And because I never had, I made some hummus.
Ina Garten’s recipe. Turns out that homemade is worth the tiny bother it takes to gather the ingredients and hit “on.”
- Put it all together (with some pineapple guavas from the tree!?) and serve with cold Lamarca Prosecco. Delicious!