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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 4, Sunday

Pissalidière
Caramel Apples

Cooking time: 70 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      This takes time, but little effort.  Not a pizza; but another Mediterranean dish using a bread crust. Loaded with sweet onions, briny anchovies and salty dry-cured olives, this can be found in any seaside cafe.... Or on your table.  Get good quality anchovies for this.  You don't need many to pack a lot of flavor - and good ones bear no resemblance to the cheap ones all too often available on pizzas or salads. 

Pissalidière

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
   In the traditional Pissalidière, there are lots and lots of very slow-cooked onions, anchovies and wrinkly oil-cured black olives - with pits.  If you really hate anchovies, leave them off; if you're undecided, this may convince you to like them.  The feta is not traditional, but my addition.  And I prefer to use pitted olives.  I also sped up the cooking of the onions, but, I think, with no appreciable loss of flavor.

Pissalidière Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Caramel Apple                                                                       Time:  2 minutes

No, we're not making Caramel Apples.... We're only two, after all.  Buy one or two at your local market.  To make them easier to eat, slice them into quarters before serving.

Cooking Schedule: 70 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
kitchen mixer if making crust, large bowl, large
nonstick skillet, baking sheet

Slice onions, start to sauté
Make dough if making from scratch
Let dough raise
Add stock, herbs to onions, cover and simmer
      20 minute break
But mind the onions.....

Uncover onions, increase heat, continue to cook
      7 minute break
Mind the onions
Get olives, anchovies, feta ready
Turn oven on 450F (220C)
Punch down dough, roll/spread dough on sheet
Assemble Pissalidière
Put Pissalidière into oven
      18 minute break
Remove Pissalidière when done, slice, eat
Don't forget the Caramel Apples