One of the most craved sandwiches from New Orleans is the Muffuletta, created by Signor Lupo Salvatore, who owned the Central Grocery at 923 Decatur Street, which is where local Sicilian venders would come for lunch.
It was tradition to eat each of their items separately, but they had a hard time trying to balance their food on a tray on their laps.
Salvatore experimented with 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 aside to see the line of people. I decided I was there so I would wait.
I am 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 to mix all the juices together and create a magnificent taste sensation for my mouth.
Over the years I have made my own Muffulettas and Olive Salads. I have seen many recipes but to truly experience it, 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.
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!