One of the most craved sandwiches from New Orleans is the Muffuletta, said to have been created by Signor Lupo Salvatore, who owned the Central Grocery at 923 Decatur Street, which is where local Sicilian vendors would come for lunch.
It was tradition to eat each of the items selected separately, but diners had a hard time trying to balance their food on a tray on their laps.
Salvatore experimented with different types of breads and found the Muffuletta was just right to combine all of the items as a sandwich, thus making it easier to eat. The combination of bread, salami, ham, cheese, and olive salad became a hit.
When I first went to the Central Grocery to try out their famous Muffuletta, I was a little put out to see the line of people outside. I decided I was there already, so I would wait.
And I am so glad I did.
I ordered the whole sandwich, not knowing how big it was. I could not eat half of it, much less the whole thing. But I was thankful for the leftovers because it was even better later. It had time for all of the flavors to meld together, and creating a magnificent taste sensation.
Over the years since, I have made my own Muffulettas and olive salads at home. I have seen many recipes. But to truly experience the authentic article, you really need to try the real thing. For those of us who can’t run to New Orleans for lunch, I have provided a basic recipe based off the original that I like to use.
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About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!