It’s my blogiversary! 4 years ago my first post was inspired by a Mari Gras party where most of the people attending had no idea what Mardi Gras was. ;)
This salad was created for a Mardi Gras party. I really wanted to contribute something that had quintessential New Orleans flavors, was easy to serve, easy to share, and would hold well for travel time to the party.
Traditionally a muffuletta is a HUGE sandwich found at almost any local grocery in New Orleans. Its roots lay with the Italian immigrants to the Big Easy. The sandwich is typically so large that stores sell half and quarter muffs which will easily feed one person. A whole muffuletta will feed a crowd. To make muffuletta sandwich you begin by slathering olive salad onto both sides of a split round (10″) of Italian bread (preferably topped with sesame) then layer up the meats and cheeses to towering heights. In my opinion this is best when wrapped in plastic wrap and left for the flavors to meld together for at least 30 min (or more!)
To deconstruct this sandwich…
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