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The Muffaletta Sandwich
Made With Pastene
Chicago Style Italian Giardiniera Relish

The History:

The origin of the Muffaletta (muhf-fuh-LEHT-tuh ) may be in dispute, but most seem to agree that the original sandwich was first made at "the Central Grocery" circa 1906 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. After the Civil War the French Quarter is where you'd find the closest thing to a "Little Italy" New Orleans ever had. The story is that Signor Lupo Salvatore, owner of the Central Grocery, started making the sandwiches for the men who worked the nearby wharves and produce stalls of the French Market.

The Sandwich:

It's a Sicilian sandwich that consists of a round loaf of bread (about 10 inches across) filled with Italian salami, Italian ham, olive salad finely chopped Pastene Giadiniera relish and cheese (provolone). Unless you're lucky enough to have an Italian bakery in your neighborhood you may have trouble finding a round loaf. What we used was what we could find at our local supermarket. Instead of the round Italian loaf we used a regular Italian bread. We also added some arugula for flavor and looks. So here is the Pastene version of the famous Muffaletta:

The Recipe:

Serves 4

1 loaf Italian bread (Fresh baked)
1 cup Pastene Italian Giardiniera Relish
1/4 lb sliced ham
1/4 lb sliced mortadella
1/4 lb sliced Genoa salami
1/4 lb sliced provolone
1/4 lb sliced mozzarella
1 bunch fresh arugula or bitter greens (Watercress will do)

Cut top off of bread and scoop out some of the insides (save for croutons or bread crumbs). Spread half with Pastene Giardiniera relish then layer on meats and cheeses. Cover with top. (Note: Ideally the sandwich should be made an hour or two in advance and then tightly wrapped in plastic wrap to enable juices to soak bread.) Slice into quarters and serve, or slice into smaller pieces to make an appetizer.

It's very simple the way we make it. Looking up Muffaletta on the internet you'll have recipes that tell you to chop an olive salad and add the same vegetables that are in our Giardiniera. We've made it simple and fun to do with our Italian Giardiniera Relish.

Vegetarian Muffaletta Recipe:

Serves 4

1 loaf Italian bread (Fresh baked)
1 cup Pastene Italian Giardiniera Relish
Filling: Use as many of the ingredients as you a) like and b) can fit into your sandwich!
1 eggplant, about 1 lb. cut into 1/4 inch slices & broiled
1/2 cup Humus
1 cup Pastene Roasted Red Peppers, cut into strips
1 bunch fresh arugula or bitter greens (Watercress will do)
Thinly sliced onion
Thinly sliced avocado
Broiled zucchini slices
Sliced Pastene San Marzano Tomatoes
1/3 cup Pastene Pesto Sauce

Cut top off of bread and scoop out some of the insides (save for croutons or bread crumbs).
Layer ingredients thinly, starting with Pastene Italian Giardiniera Relish, ending with pesto sauce on the top. Cover with top. (Note: Ideally the sandwich should be made an hour or two in advance and then tightly wrapped in plastic wrap to enable juices to soak bread.) Slice into quarters and serve or slice into smaller pieces to make an appetizer.

Enjoy these recipes. Tell us experience when you prepared and served this dish by sending an e-mail to: recipes@pastene.com. Live well, eat healthy, and thanks for choosing Pastene.

 

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