A super Sandwich —- The Muffuletta

by Michelle on March 7, 2009

From Wikipedia: The muffuletta (with numerous alternate spellings) is a type of Sicilian bread, as well as a sandwich in New Orleans, Louisiana, which is made with that bread. Like many of the foreign-influenced names found in New Orleans. Locals pronounce the word “muff-uh-LOT-uh.” The proprietors of Central Grocery pronounce it “moo-foo-LET-ta.” The bread is a large, round, and somewhat flat loaf, around 10 inches (25 cm) across. It has a sturdy texture, and is described as being somewhat similar to focaccia.

The muffuletta sandwich originated in 1906 at Central Grocery, which was operated by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant. The sandwich is popular with city natives and visitors, and has been described as “one of the great sandwiches of the world”. Central Grocery still serves the sandwich using the original recipe.

I served the Muffuletta for dinner during the Super Bowl. Mr. Tastebuds was disappointed that I did not make the bread….geesh! Besides the store-bought bread comment he seemed to enjoy it but I can only judge by how he wolfed it down.

Muffuletta
Recipe adapted from various sources

Olive Salad:
2/3 cup Green olives, pitted and -coarsely chopped
2/3 cup Black olives, pitted and -coarsely chopped
1/4 cup Pimiento, chopped
1/4 cup drained, chopped cocktail onions
3 Cloves garlic, finely minced
1 Fillet anchovy, mashed
1 tablespoon Capers
1/3 cup Finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Sandwich:
1 large Loaf Italian Bread
1/3 pound Hard salami, very thinly -sliced or you can use leftover turkey
1/3 pound Ham, very thinly sliced
1/3 pound Provolone, thinly sliced

Olive Salad:
Mix all the ingredients together. Cover and allow to marinate over night or a minimum of 12 hours.

Sandwich:
Slice loaf in half horizontally and slightly scoop out insides. Layer on salami, ham and Provolone. Spread on olive spread at least 3/4-inch thick. Replace top half of loaf and cut into serving size pieces.

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  • Michelle March 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Problems with my original post and I had to delete. Unfortunately, I also had to delete Kayte’s comment:Kayte has left a new comment on your post “A super Sandwich —- The Muffuletta”: That is one gorgeous sandwich…how one earth do you eat that??? Attack it from the side, the end, the middle, slice it in half horizontally as well…it is huge! My guys would absolutely love to see something like this appear…maybe I will surprise them with a “Michelle Special” during the NCAA playoffs…thinking that would be just the thing!

  • Melissa Clifford March 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Oh my word! How beautiful is that! I’m starving over here and then I see this post???? I did enjoy the history bit too…interesting.

  • Elyse March 7, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I love muffulettas!! Talk about a mountain of deliciousness to work your way through. I’m so glad you’ve posted this recipe, as I’ve only ordered this treat when I’ve been out to lunch. Now I can make this tasty treat in my own home!

  • Kathleen March 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    That looks very good…I have seen them make that on TV..

  • Lisa March 7, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Sounds tasty and filling. I know my son would love it for an after school snack!

  • bellaguinness March 8, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Oh – be still my heart – Italian sandwich meat. Delicious. I just may have to whip up a pair for our lunch tomorrow.

  • Kevin March 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    That sandwich looks so good!

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies March 8, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Now this is a sandwich that can love you back! I think it is calling my name….I love a muffuletta that has had some time to sit in it’s juices for a bit. Then dive right in!Did you save me half?

  • Teanna March 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve never had one, but I want to dig in to yours right now!!!!! I’d unhinge my jaw for that one!

  • Amanda March 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Wow that looks fabulous!

  • Maria February 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Holy moly that sandwich is loaded!

  • Elle February 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try that! Oh my gosh, it looks incredible!

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