Thursday, June 5, 2014

Muffaletta Sandwiches

According to the recipe notes "Muffaletta Sandwiches" (page 116), are classic New Orleans sandwiches that traditionally includes sliced ham and cheese, and you are invited to include vegan versions of these here if you wish. (I did not.) The flavor of the olive salad that makes up the filling is plenty flavorful and stands on its own. The base mix consists of kalamata olives, green olives, pepperocini, roasted red peppers, capers, onions, tomatoes, and fresh parsley, along with some dried herbs. The recipe also calls for ¼ olive oil, and vinegar; I left both of these out with outstanding results. I felt no need to replace them with anything - the salad was moist enough, so no problem there, especially since it was going onto a sandwich roll; the olives are plenty oily enough by themselves; and the olives, capers, and pepperocini added enough piquant flavors that additional vinegar seemed over the top. I did include lettuce and avocado slices to tuck into the crusty sandwich rolls. I think any other condiments, such as sliced onions or tomatoes, shredded carrots, etc, would also be nice additions. These hearty and delicious sandwiches are practically a meal unto themselves!  
Keeping it "McDougall Friendly" checklist:
ü  Omit the olive oil altogether. No replacement is needed, as the filling is already very rich and moist.
ü  Use whole-wheat oil-free sandwich rolls.


  1. Wow Becky, that does look good! A great way to cram extra vegetables in, and thanks for the reminder to use cooked vegetables as well as raw in a sandwich. Reminds me of a whopper of a sandwich I was once served in the mountains of Morocco, it was a total feast unto itself!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jennifer (McDougall forum)

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for visiting my blog, and leaving kind words, I really appreciate that! :-) Wow, that sandwich you had in the mountains of Morocco soundds totally awesome!!! I'll bet that was an exciting adventure all the way around!

  2. Oh my goodness. I went to N.O. once primarily to try the muffaletta sandwich! Can't wait to try this one!


    1. Hi Gayle! I've haven't been to New Orleans yet, but after trying the muffaletta from this book, I can't wait to try one from N.O. Let me know what you think after you try this one; I don't think you'll be disappointed! :-)