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Muffaletta Sandwich Recipe [Moved from L.A.]


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Muffaletta Sandwich Recipe [Moved from L.A.]

WileysHungryAgain | Jul 8, 2006 10:45 PM

Sorry I got Carried Away

According to the tale I've heard, the muffuletta sandwich was invented by Signor Lupo Salvadore, who opened the now-famous little Italian market called Central Grocery on Decatur Street in the French Quarter in 1906 and created the muffuletta sandwich, named for a favored customer (although I had also heard that the sandwich was named for the baker of the round Italian bread on which the sandwich is served).

I've eaten Muffalettas from the Central Grocery at least 30 or 40 times and have never known them to put Andouille sausage on theirs but hey, what do I know?

As for the bread the Italian Market "Sorento" on Jefferson in Culver City/Fox Hills sell a pretty good round loaf with Sesame Seeds that I use quite often. On top of that they sell a house brand (Vera Ranch) of Olive Salad that rock's and I do know for sure that a Muffaleta is not complete with out it.

For the sandwich:
1 round loaf italian bread
1/4 pound mortadella, thinly sliced
1/4 pound ham, thinly sliced
1/4 pound hard Genoa salami, thinly sliced
1/4 pound Mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/4 pound Provolone cheese,sliced
1 cup olive salad with oil

For the olive salad:
1 gallon large pimento stuffed green olives, slightly crushed and well drained
1 quart jar pickled cauliflower, drained and sliced
2 small jars capers, drained
1 whole stalk celery, sliced diagonally
4 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced diagonally
1 small jar celery seeds
1 small jar oregano
1 large head fresh garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 jar pepperoncini, drained (small salad peppers) left whole
1 pound large Greek black olives
1 jar cocktail onions, drained
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pot and mix well. Place in a large jar and cover with 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 Crisco oil. Store tightly covered in refrigerator. Allow to marinate for at least 24 hours before using.

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