Don’t get me wrong – I love cooking with fire! There’s something about cooking meat and vegetables on an open flame. Sometimes, though, on warm spring and summer days, I like to kick back on my patio with a cold sandwich and a cold … drink.
One of my favorite – and if you’ve ventured to New Orleans you probably know it – is the Muffaletta. A traditional style Muffuletta sandwich consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, capicola, mortadella, salami, pepperoni, ham, Swiss cheese and provolone.
Legend has it that Sicilian farmers selling their produce at the nearby farmers’ market stopped into a local deli for salami, ham, cheese, olive salad, and either long braided Italian bread or a round muffuletta loaf. They ate everything separately, as Sicilians would do, sitting on crates or barrels trying to spread out and balance their spread in their lap. The deli owner suggested cutting the bread and putting everything on it like a sandwich – voila! The Muffaletta was born.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1/2 cup chopped green olives
- 1/2 cup chopped black olives
- 1/3 cup chopped kalamata olives
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 6 hoagie buns, split
- 1 lb. thinly sliced cooked ham
- 1/2 lb. sliced Swiss cheese
- 1/2 lb. sliced Provolone cheese
- 3 tomatoes, sliced
Combine olives, parsley, cilantro, red bell pepper, olive oil, garlic and pepper in a small bowl and mix well; set aside. Make sandwiches by stacking olive mixture, ham, cheeses, tomatoes, and some more olive mixture on split hoagie buns. Press together gently – and enjoy one of the greatest sandwiches to grace your plate.
Now invite your friends over for a BBQ/picnic on your patio, impress them with your sandwich and your diverse cultural background. And don’t forget – EasyTurf, the authority in artificial grass, compliments your outdoor living spaces perfectly. Check out Easyturf for the latest!