Food and Food: Home Cookin'27 Nov 2009 09:55 am

I eat a lot of sandwiches as meals. Perhaps because they’re easy, perhaps because they are infinitely customizable. Some favourites (made at home) include egg salad, BLTs, and grilled cheese. Purchased favorites are the pita pizza/sandwiches from Sunbake Pita and banh mi from Van Loc.

I had my first muffuletta when I was but a wee girl, or so the story goes according to my parents. Most recently, I had an authentic one while in New Orleans in 2001 (hardly recent!). I also had a crawfish po’boy, while wandering about.  These sandwiches are regional favourites, are packed with numerous ingredients, and filling. VERY filling.

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I made a muffletta this weekend. It’s kind of wrong to just make a single sandwich, and it’s a thing best done to an entire loaf of bread.

An olive salad must be prepared, and meats acquired. They are layered thickly and compressed down.

First I started by hollowing out the loaf of french bread. Round breads or flatter breads are advised for this sandwich.

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Then I made the olive salad. This is extremely customizable, but mine included kalamata olives, green olives, pepperocini peppers, roasted red peppers, roasted cauliflower, green onion, celery, garlic, carrots and parsley. Add lots of olive oil and pepper and let it marinate for a bit. It will last for some time in the fridge, so you may want to make a larger portion for future sandwiches. Like ajvar, it’s great on many things.

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Layer after layer of meat was added. I included ham, mortadella and genoa salami, along with provolone and mozzarella cheese.

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Sliced into chunks and warmed in the oven until the cheese melts, this is a hearty meal.

One Response to “Muffuletta: Not for the sodium conscious”

  1. on 29 Nov 2009 at 11:15 pm 32-P

    I made a muffuletta when I was living in Saskatoon because I missed the ones from Zenari’s so much! Used the recipe from my Gourmet cookbook and a round loaf of Italian bread from the German bakery near my place (no idea, don’t ask) and it was HUUUUUUUGE. I will never forget that sandwich. I ended up slicing it into about 24 portions and freezing them to eat when I felt homesick. Loved this post! 🙂