Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Almighty Muffletta

 The muffletta is said to have been invented at Central Grocery on Decatur - a great old school Italian grocery store that has long line ups every day for a taste of the layered sandwich of genoa salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, topped off with Central Grocery's killer olive salad.

 The muffletta bread is about a foot across, topped with sesame seeds - again, pretty disappointing bread, but useful as a sponge to sop up the oil from the salad...
although not enough to stop it from dripping off your elbow as you bite in!  You can buy quarters, halves or wholes, but hard not to want the whole thing.

 We had some fried pork rinds as a snack, and topped it all with a frozen daiquiri as we made our way out to the Gulf Coast.

Before we left New Orleans, I went back to Central Grocery to buy a quart bottle of their olive salad to take home.

We added red onions to our mufflettas, and used real bread - a fennel whole grain baguette from Art-is-In Bakery - with that olive salad? 

Awesome!??!??!  YEAH YOU RITE!

1 comment:

stephanie said...

Eek! I sooo wish you guys had time to journey a little further west.... towards Texas..... there's a whole 'nother world of food out here for you to conquer, y'know?

In food-related news, I found this hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant close to town. So random! And certainly not as great by Ottawa standards, but it's definitely nice to have it close by. And it's pretty hard to mess up Vietnamese food. It's owned by this Vietnamese family with the cutest little grandma who kept hugging and pinching me because - I'm guessing - I'm the first Asian she's seen in her restaurant in a long time. :p

Hope yall are doing well in Ottawa!! ;)