Muffuletta is an Italian sandwich created in the late 1800's. The
sandwich originated when Italian merchants working in the markets
of New Orleans placed a mixture of broken green and black olives,
found on the bottom of olive barrels, on a loaf of round Italian
bread known as "muffs." Over this mixture, they layered
slices of ham, salami and Provolone cheese. The most famous of all
muffuletta sandwiches are found at Central Grocery on Decatur Street
in New Orleans.
- 1/4 cup black olives
- 1/4 cup green olives
- 1/4 cup pimentos
- 1/4 cup capers
- 1/4 cup cocktail onions
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1 small can artichoke hearts
- 1 tsps celery seed
- 1tsps dried oregano
- 1 tbsps chopped garlic
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsps red wine vinegar
In a food processor combine all above ingredients and chop coarsely,
scrape into a bowl and set aside.
- 1 loaf round Italian bread
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 1/4 lb ham, thinly sliced
- 1/4 lb Genoa salami, thinly sliced 1/4 lb Provolone cheese,
- 1/4 lb Mortadella (Italian Bologna), thinly sliced
- 3 slices mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup prepared olive salad ( see above)
Split the bread lengthwise and drizzle the olive oil on each side.
On bottom layer spread some of the above prepared olive salad and
arrange with layers of thinly sliced meats and cheeses. Cover with
top layer of the bread, cut and serve.