Thursday, May 13, 2010


I've only been to New Orleans once. It was a sad and humiliating experience that I will have to share some other time...but not today! Today I'm talking sandwiches! Again. Because (cue record) it's baseball season and I need food on the table fast.

I have no idea if these muffulettas taste like the real thing though. I know I've blocked out a lot about that trip but I don't think I tried a muffuletta while I was in New Orleans. I don't even think I tried a beignet. I did have a whole heaping of parental disappointment though! But Cooking Light insists that this recipe captures the essence of the New Orleans Muffuletta and that's good enough for me because I love Cooking Light and would never make it feel like a huge, fat failure by laughing at it in the middle of a dinner party. Never. But I digress! Let's get to the recipe shall we?

Muffulettas (original recipe from Cooking Light)

1 1/2 cups bottled giardiniera, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
10 pimiento-stuffed manzanilla (or green) olives, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
4 Kaiser rolls, cut in half horizontally
4 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese
4 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, sliced (about 1 breast)
4 thin slices Genoa salami
4 thin slices ham

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl; mix well.

2. Layer bottom half of each roll with 1 provolone cheese slice, 1 ounce chicken, 1 salami slice, and 1 ham slice; top each portion with about 1/3 cup olive mixture and top halves of rolls. Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour or overnight. Remove plastic wrap; cut each sandwich in half.

Like I said, I don't know what real muffulettas are supposed to taste like but I love this version!

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  1. These look delish! I've never tried them before. I'll have to put it on my list to make.

  2. having had them all my life i will say the receipe looks pretty darn close to the orignal. plus your's look just as tasty and yummy. i might have to try it out. ;)

  3. Oh how I love that city! I didn't eat a muffeletta, but I sure ate alot of everything Beignets are my fave! I hope you get to return to NOLA and enjoy it one day!

  4. we do sandwiches a lot in our house, so easy I love our panini maker!

  5. i've never had one either, but these look divine!!!

  6. My dad makes something out of green olives that he's always called Muffuletta ... don't know if it's the same stuff as your recipe has though. I'm going to have to forward him this recipe because he loves anything like this! Thanks for sharing. :-)


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