Party Foods

MuffulettaLaurie & Steve

This is an Italian hoagie--great for parties because you make it ahead. This recipe makes a lot of the marinated ingredients. Feel free to substitute your favorite meats or cheeses--it is still delicious !

1 & 1/2 cups chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives
5 tablespoons black olives, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
2 anchovy filets, optional (I don't use)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
fresh ground pepper

Mix first nine ingredients and marinate overnight.

Large loaf Italian bread
4 or 5 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (I use any type of tomatoes)
1/4 pound thinly sliced Mozzarella cheese
1/4 pound thinly sliced spicy Italian salami (Soppressato)
1/4 pound thinly sliced sweet salami (Mortadella)
shredded lettuce

Cut bread horizontally. Pull out soft dough in the middle.
Drain marinated salad, saving some marinade to brush generously on both sides of the bread.
Put half of drained salad in hollow of one piece of bread, leaving 1/2-inch of bread at edge.
Layer lettuce, tomato, meat, cheese, etc, until a heap is formed.
Top with bread.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or until later in the day. (The recipe says to weight the sandwich to compact it, but I usually don't bother.)
Slice into wedges.

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