Cook Time: 20 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Today is Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday", and in honor of this celebration I share with you my version of "The Muffuletta", grilled with melty provolone cheese, salty olives and salami, ham, sweet roasted peppers, and Hot Banana Pepper Mustard. Making your mouth water?
My hubby and I and a few friends traveled to New Orleans (aka NOLA) for the first time recently and had the most sinfully delicious sandwich, "The Muffuletta" from The Central Grocery in The French Quarter. This gargantuan sandwich is made with homemade bread and stuffed with layers of ham, salami, cheeses, and a tasty olive salad. Seriously insane. Talk about a flavor party in your mouth!
My version has all the flavors sans some of the the guilt. The Banana Hot Pepper Mustard is the "piece de resistance" of this sandwich. Go ahead and try it, it's the perfect Fat Tuesday sandwich or anytime you have a hankering for salty olives and salami, ham, sweet roasted peppers, tangy mustard, and gooey melty cheese. Everything in moderation, right? Here's how it's made. This recipe serves 2.
Happy Mardi Gras!
Ingredients (per sandwich)
- 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Cherchies® Hot Banana Pepper Mustard
- 1/4 cup chopped pitted black olives
- 1/4 cup chopped pitted green olives
- 1/4 cup chopped salami
- 1/4 cup cubed Provolone, chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup Pepperoncini, seeds removed, chopped
- 1/2 jar Cherchies® Pretty Peppers (or Cherchies® Pretty Hot Peppers for that sweet-spicy kick)
- 4 slices of good fresh bread (Here I used sourdough bread)
- 4 slices Provolone Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) butter
Chop the olives, provolone chunks (optional), salami and pepperoncini into small pieces (In the second picture the salami had not been chopped fine enough). In a medium bowl, mix the olives, Provolone, salami, Pretty Peppers, and pepperoncini.
Turn griddle (or pan) onto medium. Spread softened butter or olive oil onto bread. Place buttered bread onto griddle. Grill until desired consistency.
Turn oven onto broil. Now, let's build this glorious sandwich. Spread Cherchies® Hot Banana Pepper Mustard on the grilled slices of bread that are facing up. Add ham then the olive mixture (oops, sorry about the ham picture).
Now for the melty "glue". Place the slices of Provolone cheese over the olive mixture and broil the sandwiches open faced until cheese has melted (only a few minutes).
When the cheese has melted, carefully put the halves together, and cut sandwich in half. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is:) The perfect sandwich anytime, not just for Mardi Gras. Enjoy!