Last week I had a hankering for some good ol’ Louisiana cuisine, and a muffuletta was just what I needed. A muffuletta is an Italian influenced sandwich that originated in the New Orleans French Quarter. The best thing about this sandwich is that the longer it sits the better it tastes. In this specific recipe I used a one of my favorite cured meats, wild boar salami purchased at Overland Meat Company. Any kind of cured meats will do for this sandwich. Some other options include capicola, soppresseta, or prosciutto.
Now for my favorite part of the muffuletta – the bread. It’s simply a round loaf of bread topped with sesame seeds. If you don’t have the time to bake bread, a good piece of focaccia, French loaf, or ciabatta will work just fine.
1/2 cup kalamata olives
1/2 cup green olives with pimentos
1 tbs capers
1 16 oz jar of Giardiniera (pickled cauliflower, celery, and onions)
1/4 cup fresh parsley
pinch of oregano
1 tbs lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
Finely chop olives, capers, Giardiniera, and parsley. Then toss in oregano, olive oil, and lemon juice. Taste and add more oil and oregano as needed. Place in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
1 loaf of muffuletta bread or French loaf
1/4 lb provolone, sliced thin
1/4 lb smoked ham, sliced
1/4 lb genoa salami, sliced
1/4 lb wild boar salami (optional)
1/4 lb mortadella, sliced
1/4 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
Split the loaf of bread horizontally. Place half of the olive salad on the bottom piece of bread. Next place a layer the provolone, then a layer of each meat. Top the last layer of meat with a layer of mozzarella, then the rest of the olive salad. Carefully press the top of the sandwich back on.
At this point you can leave the sandwich whole, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat. My preference is to cut the sandwich into individual portions and wrap each individually before refrigerating. For the best results let the sandwich sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or as long as overnight.
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