If you’ve never had muffuletta, then you are in for a treat – it’s a big sandwich layered with delicious Italian things like cheese, salami, roasted vegetables, olives and garlic. We discovered them on our honeymoon in Florence (note – they’re really quite hard to eat if you’re sitting on the steps of a church without plate or napkins) and I knew it was something I wanted to recreate when I got home. Then the lovely chaps at Oloves sent me some of their delicious marinated olives, and the situation seemed perfect. Whip this up for a scrumptious luncheon or a quick dinner – note that the quantities aren’t specific, as this is more of a stuff-it-all-in kind of a recipe.
- A red pepper
- Oloves oregano & chilli olives
- A clove of garlic
- Olive oil
- Ciabatta or focaccia rolls
Start by deseeding the pepper and chopping finely. Crush the garlic and add both to a frying pan with a splash of olive oil. Fry until the pepper is nice and soft, then scoop it all out, leaving the oil behind. Finely chop the olives and mix with the pepper and garlic.
Cut open the rolls and lay cut-side-down in the frying pan to toast in the delicious garlicky oil. While that’s happening, slice the mozzarella thickly.
To assemble the sandwich, start with the mozzarella, and then arrange the salami on top. Spread the pepper and olive mixture on the salami and then top with the second half of the roll.
Finally, return the sandwiches to the frying pan (you could wipe it out with kitchen paper first, to save your fingers getting messy when you pick it up), set the heat to medium and then put a heavy dish on top (Le Creuset are ideal for the job), for a DIY panini-toaster. Give it a few minutes to warm everything up and start melting the mozzarella, then slice the sandwiches and serve straightaway.