Friday, June 17, 2005

The Sheer Joy of The Muffuletta Sandwich

New Orleans - the most European of US cities - is the home of many unique cultural phenomenon: Bourbon Street, Preservation Jazz Hall (with its patented "we-could-not-possibly-spend-less-on-building-comfort-or-maintainence" vibe), Marti Gras, and so on. However, there is one item that stands above the rest. An item so unique, so pure, and so New Orleans that I just have to bring it to your attention. What man-made object could generate such admiration and affection? The Muffuletta sandwich, of course (or, as I call it, "perfection on a bun").

The Muffuletta sandwich was first made at the Central Grocery (923 Decatur Street) and consists of a round loaf of crusty Italian bread, split and filled with layers of sliced Provolone cheese, Genoa salami and Cappicola ham, topped with Olive Salad.

Source: Great Sandwiches by Bill Dawes

It may not sound like much, but it rocks. One of these bad boys will feed two easily. I won't say much more except that the site I link to above has a killer recipe so you too can enjoy the Epicurean delight that is a Muffuletta sandwich (the key, of course, is the olive / salt flavor blast you get from the olive salad topping). I have been craving one of these sandwiches for the past few days because one of my friends from Louisiana (Amber, I am talking about you) brought it up in conversation and now I must find/steal/make one.

I know, I know, this is a blog about plumbing and I gotta write about sanitary ware one of these days. Next post, I promise.