Muffuletta: Sandwich or Submarine?
Muffuletta is a sandwich that you might have never heard of, but once you have one, you will LOVE it! Originally, a Muffuletta was created by Italian immigrants in New Orleans and it’s similar to a submarine sandwich, but so much better. This sandwich is amazing for gatherings, as an appetizer, or for picnics. I love to bring a Muffuletta to a picnic and watch everyone look at it quizzically, then smile when they give it a good bite. What sets it apart that makes it so phenomenal? You press the Muffuletta overnight in the refrigerator, melding the flavors together to make the best sandwich you’ve ever sunk your teeth into.
What Makes a Muffuletta?
An authentic Muffuletta starts out with a large, round loaf of rustic Italian bread. Hollowed out, it becomes the cradle for meats, cheeses, and giardiniera, an Italian pickled salad that you can find in with other pickles and olives or the Italian section of the grocery store. I typically buy whatever meat is on sale at the deli. I just happened to find Deitz and Watson, a premium brand of deli meat, on sale for $5.99 per pound, which is even less than the store brand! I picked up some black forest ham, beautiful roast beef, and oven roasted turkey, as well as some garlic Monterey Jack cheese. Traditionally, Muffuletta is filled with Italian meats, such as dry salami, provolone cheese, and spicy ham, but those are hard to find where I live, if not impossible, So I bought what looked the best and made it slightly different, but just as tasty![amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3]
Quick and Easy, Muffuletta is Great on a Hot Summer Night
Making a Muffuletta takes only about 10 minutes of actual work, and yields lots of mmmm’s and aaaahhh’s from everyone eating it. Pack it up for a picnic, toss it in your lunch pail and make your workmates jealous, or just make a Muffuletta for an easy dinner night and serve it up with a side of chips or a salad.
Surprise your family with something different for dinner and make a Muffuletta!