The muffaletta (pronounced moo-foo-LET-ah) sandwich was invented by Salvatore Lupo, owner of Central Grocery, an American-Italian specialty market located in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant, opened his store in 1906 to cater to the Italian population. Today, Central Grocery is owned and operated by Lupo’s grandson, Salvador T. Tusa, whose family still sells its signature muffuletta sandwich.
Traditionally consisting of a large round loaf of bread filled with Italian meats, olive salad (muffuletta), garlic and cheese, the muffuletta sandwich’s key ingredient is the muffuletta, which gives the sandwich its special flavor. A true muffuletta sandwich is cut into quarters and must always be served at room temperature, never toasted. If you’d like it toasted, however, go for it – it’s your sandwich!
Like the Lupo-Tusa family, the Craig family, owners of Olive Pit, has been serving delicious food to its customers for several generations. The Craigs would like to share their family’s version of the muffuleta sandwich with you.
Note: This recipe is flexible on the bread and is based on a one-serving sandwich.
Olive Pit Muffuletta Sandwich
What you’ll need:
Crusty bread such as ciabatta or French roll
2 heaping scoops of Olive Pit Muffuletta Italian Olive Salad, drained
Several Slices of ham
8 slices of salami
2 slices of provolone cheese
And whatever additional toppings you like!
How to assemble:
Open roll on a work surface and spread the muffaletta on both sides of the bread. Place the ham and salami on the bottom half of the bread, then top with provolone cheese. Add any other toppings that you like. Close the sandwich being careful not to lose any muffaletta. Enjoy!
If you can stand the wait, let this savory sandwich sit for a while wrapped tightly in plastic. This allows the juices from the olives to soak into the bread making it taste just like the true muffaletta sandwiches served in New Orleans.
For dessert, try a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with Olive Pit’s Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar and a touch of sea salt!
If you’re in Corning, stop in and pick up one of these classic Italian sandwiches at Olive Pit located at 2156 Solano Street – look for the sign! Olive Pit is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm, with extended hours during spring, summer and holidays. Please call (530) 824-4667 for current hours.
To learn more about what Olive Pit has to offer, visit olivepit.com.