For anyone that has ever experienced the glory of New Orleans cuisine, you have naturally been exposed to the Crawfish Étouffée, the Beignets, and of course the Muffuletta sandwich. You’ve perhaps even a tried a Hurricane for good measure to slurp it all down with. I’ll never forget trying all of the above and the imprint that has left with me over 14 years later! In my avid traveling through the years, there are a few places that I’ve left a piece of my heart in and upon further visits fall in love over and over with each time I visit. And New Orleans happens to be one of those places. When I think about what made me fall in love with the city back in 2000 originally, it all came down to the food. From experiencing Commanders Palace, to dining at each of Emeril’s restaurants repeatedly, to eating the muffuletta standing up at Central Grocery Store and licking my fingers from the oil dripping from the sandwich all over them, it was the food that made it for me, and the culture and art that were secondary. We even named one of our furry friends NOLA after the city!
The Muffuletta is an Italian girl just like me’s dream sandwich. Firstly, it’s stacked high on italian bread with sesame seeds on it. In between the bread is a symphony of meats, cheeses, and olive spread that will send you off into the stratosphere for that period of time while eating it.
For point of reference, it has:
- mortadella, thinly sliced
- ham, thinly sliced
- Genoa salami, thinly sliced
- Mozzarella cheese, sliced
- Provolone cheese,sliced
- olive salad with oil (this is made up of about 12 odd different ingredients)
You can attempt to replicate it at home and you could come close but nothing beats standing in the French Quarter with one of these things dripping all over the place. If you don’t already know, put this on your bucket list and experience it for yourself.