savory pie with anchovies (or sardines) and green olives

Hello, dear neighbors ! I am posting this recipe not knowing if you will be able to find the « star ingredient » in this savory pie. I am talking about anchovies, but not the kind that comes as very salty flat fillets (much too salty for my taste) and that often garnishes pizza. These anchovies are canned just like sardines and almost taste like them. I said « almost » : they are milder and, sorry if I am a little graphic here, they do not keep coming up for air after you have eaten them ! Some guests are more discreet than others, right ? Anyway, if you find them in your local store, please make sure they are free from preservatives, coloring, and flavoring ! Mine come kept in a little olive oil and salt. Very tasty ! And they are not available where you live, you can always use plain canned sardines instead, with the same free-from requirements.


ingredients for savory pie with anchovies / sardines and green olives

pie dough of your choice, suitable for a savory pie ; mine is gluten-free and homemade, the same since I came up with this one over a year ago now

– one can of anchovies, not in the form of flat filets (my can yielded about 87 g / 3 oz net fish weight, but you could have more)

– 4 eggs

– 30 to 40 g / 1 to 1.5 oz sun dried tomatoes OR some tomato paste, between 1 and 2 TBSP, to taste

– 30 g / 1 oz green olives ; mine are bought in the bulk section of my organic food store ; they are usually preserved in nothing but oil and a little salt. When in doubt I ask to read the ingredient list on the original package. My husband avoids going shopping with me for this reason : I always ask if I am not sure, which makes him feel very self conscious, as though he was the problem !

How to:

(Preheat your oven to 205°C / 400 °F, no fan)

1. Roll out the dough onto greaseproof paper and place on pie dish. Pre-bake for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, beat eggs. Chop sun-dried tomatoes in tiny chunks and add to beaten eggs. If you would rather use tomato paste, you may need to add a little salt to your preparation, but not much, as the fish and olives do have some already.

3. Slice up olives.

4. Delicately split anchovies in two from head to toe 🤔, I mean head to tail 😄, and remove backbones for finicky eaters…


5. Pour egg mixture over pre-baked pie crust ; place fish halves then olive slices.

6. Resume baking for another 20 minutes at the same temperature.

Enjoy, dear neighbors, and have a nice Easter !



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