Try A Mini-Muff For Mardi Gras At Home!
Muffuletta sandwiches are a wonderful New Orleans tradition. These famous sandwiches are served throughout the city, and particularly in the restaurants along Decatur Street in New Orleans’ Old French Quarter. Traditionally, this sandwich is served on 8 inch round, 2 inch thick, crusty Italian bread made in New Orleans, especially for the Muffuletta Sandwich (A Muff). However, Muffuletta bread is hard to find outside of New Orleans, so just look for a loaf that is round. The most important thing about the bread is not the size – it must be fresh and the crust needs to be thick, because it has to be able to soak up the olive salad marinade without turning mushy. I love making Mini-Muffs by serving them on small individual-sized rolls.
- On a fresh round roll/bread, layer slices of Genoa Salami , Ham, Mortadella, and Provolone Cheese (or a combination of these that you like)
- Top with Olive Salad (You can buy Boscoli Italian Olive Salad or if you can’t find it in your market, here’s a recipe for Olive Salad from Cooking for Two.com>)
- Heat & Serve
or this twist on the traditional sandwich: A “Deconstructed” Muffuletta
A “deconstructed” Muffuletta makes a great appetizer. Offer the meat and cheese rolled up on a platter with the olive salad in a bowl. Set out hunks of bread and let your guest concoct their own mini-muff. This is a great way to pay tribute to a classic in a way that might be more suitable to your taste.