Pizza alla Provenzale

Pizza need not be made with tomato, and here’s a tasty, oniony variation. To make 2 pizzas (or one large one) you’ll need:

  • About a pound (500 g) pizza dough, divided into 2 pieces if you’re making regular-sized pizzas
  • About a pound (500 g) white onions, sliced
  • 4 whole salted anchovies, split, boned and rinsed, or 8 anchovy filets, rinsed
  • Pitted black olives

Pull the dough into one large or two smaller disks and let it rest.

In the meantime simmer the sliced onions in a little water, with a pinch of salt, until they begin to break up — about 20 minutes. Let them cool, and when you can handle them spread them over the dough. Lay the anchovy fillets out in a diamond pattern over the onions and put a black olive in the center of each diamond. Sprinkle a little more oil over the pizzas and bake them for a half hour at 450 F (225 C) or 3-5 minutes in a pizza oven.

Variation: Use sweet onions, along the lines of Vidalia or Tropea.

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