Jan 31, 2012

Getcha Gras On...again

Last week, I kicked off my annual month of Mardi Gras with a family-friendly punch and a good ole New Orleans Second Line.

This week, let's get some good ole New Orleans food in us.
Yall know one of my favorites out of NOLA is the muffuletta.
Those great muffuletta flavors don't have to be in traditional form. Muffuletta pasta salad, muffuletta burgers, and muffuletta pinwheels also hit the spot.

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Something else that hits the spot, helping ya getcha gras on, is another New Orleans classic: Pete Fountain & his Half-Fast Walking Club.

Pete Fountian and his walking club have been walking the streets of NOLA, heading out early every Mardi Gras morning, for what will be 52 years this year. They play their Dixieland-style music, led by Mr. Fountain on clarinet, throughout their route--which starts at Commander's Palace Restaurant and ends in the French Quarter.

Thinking about how many miles The Half-Fast walkers have covered is making me hungry. How 'bout some food?

For anything having to do with muffulettas, first you need olive salad. It can be purchased (cajungrocer.com is a good source if you aren't local), but you know me. I like to make things with my own little hands.

Tortillas would be another option, but I wanted to treat yall to something fancy. Anyone object to puff pastry? You're worth, it, ya know.

Follow the thawing and prep instructions on the puff pastry package. Then scatter a generous layer of olive salad over the pastry. Layer on deli ham, salami, and provolone. Roll up as tightly as you can. Slice into 12 portions and bake.

Muffuletta Pinwheels, pictured with Corn Maque Choux Dip & crackers,
...perfect for any Mardi Gras party.

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Mufuletta Pinwheels

For the olive salad:
1/2 c chopped green olives
1/4 c chopped giardiniera
1/2-1 Tbsp capers
1/2 tsp dried oregano
splash of olive oil

For the pinwheels:
1/2 package puff pastry (1 sheet)
4-6 thin slices deli ham
8-9 slices salami
4-6 slices provolone cheese

Combine the ingredients for the olive salad. If you can make this the day before, even better.

Thaw and prepare the puff pastry according to package directions.
Preheat oven to 375.

Scatter the olive salad evenly on the surface of the pastry, leaving a border of about 1/2".

Layer on the ham, salami, and provolone. Roll jelly-roll style, as tightly as you can. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to make cutting easier.

Slice the roll into 12 portions. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until pastry is golden. Note: I used a silpat on my baking sheet.

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  1. THAT is a brillant piece of pastry - mufuletta pinwheels. My god I need to make these. Your posts always make me so hungry.

  2. I love muffalettas! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Brilliant idea! I love muffalettas but, of course, can't get the bread in Texas. But I can get the olive salad and I have made it, too. I will be pinning your idea to try for a future Bunco night.

  4. yummy - definitely going on my MG appie list... gonna love it... looks like the rains might mess up the parades this weekend so that means more food...tee hee

  5. Let's see how long it takes for Louisiana Cookin' magazine to steal these for their magazine cover.

  6. How clever to make muffalettas in a wrap! Who woulda thunk? This is such an awesome sandwich!

  7. That looks like it is popping with flavor. Thanks for sharing with Bizzy.

  8. What a great idea! Simple and delicious...that's my kind of recipe!

  9. I love pinwheels!

  10. I love pinwheels! So easy and yummy. I messed up my previous comment..oops!

  11. Muffaletta pinwheels...now that sounds like a whole lot of tastiness all rolled up into one cylinder!

  12. What a pretty dish! I love pin wheels and this one looks especially delicious! And I agree, we are worth puff pastry! :)Thanks for sharing your Mardi Gras recipes with us.

  13. Your muffuletta pinwheels look so festive! I really like the idea of making them with puff pastry, and that olive salad sounds divine! Thank you for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites.

  14. Yummy stuff. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  15. I love mufuletta but the pinwheels are fabulous! What a perfect new dish for our Mardi Gras party! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Thank you for bringing this to our Pre Super Bowl Party!!
    I just shared this on Facebook and pinned it to my Super Bowl board:)

    Have a super great weekend!!


  18. Coming over from Pinterest...OMG! I HAVE to make these! I have never had a Muffaletta in my life, but is something in my food bucket list.


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