Layers and layers and MORE LAYERS of delicious Italian salami, mortadella, cappicolla along with more serious layers of Italian provolone and mozzarella cheeses . . . and all stuffed between two thick slices of freshly baked bread! What could top that in a sandwich? Adding an Italian olive salad, roasted red peppers, and more!
The classic New Orleans Muffuletta was created from all of these Italian deli goodies.
Muffulettas require a huge appetite and a big mouth to engulf each of the layers in one single bite.
Lots of napkins are in order . . . possibly even a bib!
And that’s what you call a sandwich . . . nothing pansy about this sandwich. One that certainly wouldn’t be served at tea time!
First created in 1906 by Italian immigrant, Salvatore Lupe, for Central Grocery located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the muffuletta is a classic favorite that is enjoyed by both natives and visitors alike. The classic New Orleans Muffuletta is a must food indulgence when in The Big Easy!
This legendary sandwich is literally a huge monster . . . so be prepared to open wide!
Beside the amount of Italian meats and cheeses layered in this brilliant creation, is another star of the show: the olive salad!
This can either be prepared by hand ahead of time or purchased. Even directly from Central Grocery in New Orleans, which is what I did since I believe in authentic anything.
Since this is where the original muffuletta came from, it was the olive salad I chose.
What I did differently to make this sandwich a little bit better and more unique to my kitchen, was add a layer of prosciutto, a layer of sopprasetta, a thick layer of roasted red peppers, a layer of sliced hot banana peppers, and a layer of hot pepperoncini in the middle.
Layers and layers of Italian yumminess!
For an inviting presentation for guests to dig in, this a great way to serve Muffulettas on a smaller scale for a party!
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