Saturday, February 26, 2011

Your Place or Mine?

It's Mardi Gras season and I have made our beloved Muffaletta into a easy breezy recipe great for a casual dinner, party or tailgating anytime!

It's as easy as stacking the ingredients on french rolls. I made individual sandwiches, enjoy them now and freeze some for later, however they won't last long!

     What you will need:

1  (32-oz.) jar Italian olive salad
12  small deli rolls, cut in half
12  thin Swiss cheese slices
12  thin deli ham slices
12  thin provolone cheese slices
12  Genoa salami slices

Spoon marinated olive salad on each side of rolls, allowing some of the marinade to soak in bread. Layer cheese, ham, salami, cheese generously on rolls or bread. Serve sandwiches at room temperature. If you made individual rolls and want to freeze, put foil wrapped sandwiches in a large freezer bag.


History of the Muffaletta...Central Grocery, New Orleans.
These sandwiches can be found all over New Orleans from delis to pool halls and the corner grocery stores. It is an Sicilian sandwich that consists of a round loaf of bread (about 10 inches across) filled with Italian salami, olive salad, cheese, Italian ham, and freshly minced garlic (I didn't add the garlic because the marinated olive salad as enough flavor already!) . The key ingredient is the olive salad which gives the sandwich it's special flavor and makes it appealing to the eye. 

Central Grocery's Original Muffaletta,  Abita Beer and Zapp's Spicy Creole Chips

The Italian Market, the Central Grocery on Decatur Street, claims to have invented this sandwich in 1906. Italian immigrant, Signor Lupo Salvatore, owner of the Central Grocery, started making the sandwiches for the men who worked the nearby wharves and produce stalls of the French Market. The sign over the covered sidewalk proudly proclaims, home of “The Original Muffaletta.”

 Central Grocery
    923 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

You will be making these yummy and easy sandwiches all the time and not just for Mardi Gras! 


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