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French Bread Pissaladière

Warm toasted bread finished with sautéed onions and two cheeses makes a simple meal with a side of salad.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO)
  • 6 anchovy fillets
  • 3 large or 4 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped or 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • About 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 24-inch loaf crusty French bread, halved lengthwise and crosswise (or buy 2 smaller loaves to yield 4 individual foot-long sections)
  • 2 cups Gruyère or Fontina Val d’aosta cheese (from a 10-ounce brick), shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


Pre-heat the oven to 325°F. In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, three turns of the pan, with the anchovies over medium heat until the anchovies are melted. Add the onions and garlic; season with the thyme, oregano and pepper. Increase the heat a bit and cook the onions, stirring frequently, until light caramel in color, about 20 minutes; season with salt.

Meanwhile, toast the bread on a baking sheet in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Pre-heat the broiler. Top the toasted bread evenly with the onions and two cheeses. Brown under the broiler for 1-3 minutes.

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