My Go-To Appetizer

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.

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.

Homemade hummus really is better.

Ina Garten’s recipe. Turns out that homemade is worth the tiny bother it takes to gather the ingredients and hit “on.”

I didn't save much room for dinner...

Put it all together (with some pineapple guavas from the tree!?) and serve with cold Lamarca Prosecco. Delicious!
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About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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