For over a year now, Jade has been asking me to make muffuletta sandwiches again. The muffuletta and olive salad was made famous in America by the Central Grocery, located in the heart of New Orleans.
The sandwich takes it’s name from a Sicilian sesame loaf that the founder of the grocery store used to make sandwiches of olive salad and cold cuts for Sicilian farmers. An interesting story, you can check it out here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muffuletta.
Speaking of bread, check out New Orleanian, Dave Bridges’ superbly written “The Significance of Bread.” http://underthetuscangun.com/talk/foodography/the-significance-of-bread/.
You’ll need to make the salad at least a day in advance to allow all the flavors to blend. You could eat some immediately, I did, but it’s better the next day.
Central Grocery Olive Salad
12 ounce jar Giardiniera
1 cup pitted black olives, chopped
2 cups pimento stuffed green olives, chopped
12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
5 large cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp capers, chopped
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.