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 phenomena: Bourbon Street, Preservation Jazz Hall (with its patented "we-could-not-possibly-spend-less-on-building-comfort-or-maintenance" 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").

Image Source: Great Sandwiches by Bill Dawes
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.

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.