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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Muffaletta Sandwich

On Saturdays, our first stop is the farmer's market to pick up our CSA share.  Sometimes I make out our menu before I go and sometimes I take a stack of cookbooks with me and figure out the menu on the way to the office.  This week, there were several ideas leftover from last week and some new ones floating around in my head.  So, on the way to the farmer's market, I asked Connie to rate them.  Ten ideas for what will probably be five dinners and five lunches.  Since lunches are typically leftovers, we had to choose our top five. 

We're off to Symphony on the Prairie Saturday evening and I'm in charge of the starch, the salad and a dessert.  The starch is easy:  couscous salad (I'll get that on the blog soon.)  We've got some blueberries to use up and a box of spinach so we'll do the spinach/blueberry/almond salad with shagbark hickory vinaigrette.  Then, a newbie for dessert - Nesrine's roasted peaches with mascarpone cheese and a balsamic drizzle.  Can't wait to try those. 

In our CSA basket, we got tomatoes, beans, corn on the cob, okra and an eggplant.  That means that with the catfish and slaw, we'll have corn on the cob instead of mustard vinaigrette potato salad.  I also want to do a pork tenderloin with peaches so I needed some for tonight and some for that.  Our fourth dinner will be eggplant parmesan.  YUM!  One of my favorite dishes ever.  Last, but not least, chicken stuffed with spinach, cheese and other goodies.  All of that meant I also had to pick up a cabbage, zucchini and cucumber.  Then, I found these darling little eggplants.  Can't remember what they're called but I can't wait to figure out how to fix them!!  While we were at the market we saw the stand with all the pestos.  Yes, they had the incredible mushroom pesto with truffle oil.  I managed to recreate that last year and it looked REALLY good.  Since we also needed water softener salt, it was a good excuse to head to Sam's and load up on mushrooms to make pesto. 

On the way to Sam's we stopped at my favorite gourmet foods store - Frasiers.  Joy and Myron have a really fun selection of goodies - both food and cookware.  I've known Joy since my teens (truth be told - I was the first babysitter for her kids...) so it's always a treat to get to see her.  There's something I read in a recipe that I know I can get there.  I just can't remember what it was...  So, time to go browse the shelves.  Still no clue.  But, I did find a jar of lingonberries (memories of Ann Sather's in Chicago!) a jar of Lyle's Golden Syrup and a little container of alder wood chips for smoking more salmon. 

One last stop.  Trader Joe's.  We needed mascarpone for the peaches and feta for the couscous.  Oh, and they were giving out samples of a muffaletta sandwich.  To die for!  All those ingredients went in the cart too!  Connie unloaded the car and I started the sandwiches. 

Muffaletta Sandwiches

4 slices crusty bread
selection of cured Italian meats (prosciutto, salami, )
4 slices provolone cheese
1/3 c green olive tapenade or muffaletta salad
Olive oil

Drizzle two of the slices of bread with olive oil.  Put them in a skillet or on a grill pan oil side down.  Lay the cheese slices on the slices of bread that are grilling. 

Top the cheese with the olive tapenade.  Putting the tapenade in between the cheese and meats helps keep the bread from getting soggy. 

Then, top the tapenade with the meats. 

Top all of that with the last two pieces of bread and drizzle them with olive oil.  Grill until both sides are golden and the provolone has melted. 


pegasuslegend said...

amazing sandwich here, have never had this combo but boy do I love everything in it!~ thanks for leading me here love this~

Anonymous said...

Yum - love that sammie - you can't go wrong with cured meat and cheese!

Jealous of your CSA - I did one last year and the first four weeks all I got was kohlrabi, carrot "bites", and ice cream?!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

You are so lucky to have your sous chef Connie to run things by! I love all the meats in the sandwich, I'd eat this one for sure! Can't wait to see what else you make! Have a great day!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Your symphony adventure promises to be a delicious one! I love the menu. These sandwiches look too good.

sara826 said...

This looks positively yummy! All of my favorite flavors in one spot! Thanks!

Spicie Foodie said...

OMG that sandwich looks mouthwatering , it's making me drool! Thanks for sharing this.

Liv Wan said...

Oh my....This sandwich looks so so so yummy! I nearly drooling on my laptop. ;) Thank you for sharing this amazing sandwich recipe and love your procedure photos.

Anonymous said...

Great sandwich and oh how I miss Trader Joe's! But what's a CSA?

Becky said...

What would we do without Trader Joe's? I love that place. The sandwich looks so yummy!

Jason Phelps said...

I've never made or had one of these before, but I sure have heard about them. Added to the list...


Flavorful World said...

What a delicious-looking the step-by-step images to show as well as tell how it's made.

Kate said...

Biz319 - Sounds like a LOUSY CSA - not fun - especially when you've already paid and are stuck. Hope you find a better one!!
Ruby - a CSA is a community supported agriculture - You pay up front and get a basket of goodies every week. Forces us to eat in season - WE love the freshness and it's so good for the environment to avoid the shipping. We actually realized last night that we ate vegetarian two nights in a row - Just what we had and wanted.