ANATOMY OF A DISH

It’s not your av­er­age sand­wich. This In­sta-sen­sa­tion is the per­fect por­ta­ble pic­nic lunch, packed with the lot.

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Oct -

Muf­fuletta.

Does it look fa­mil­iar? Yes, this is that sand­wich you’ve been see­ing all over your In­sta­gram feed, thanks to Syd­ney’s A1 Can­teen. It was Si­cil­ian mi­grants to New Or­leans, though, who first cre­ated the muf­fuletta. Sal­va­tore Lupo, the orig­i­nal owner of the Cen­tral Gro­cery & Deli, served the hearty sand­wich to lo­cal work­ers on De­catur Street in 1906. Lay­ers of Ital­ian deli goods are packed into a hol­lowed-out loaf of bread that’s pressed, some­times baked, and left for the flavours to meld and the olive brine-spiked oil to seep through. A1’s take, pic­tured here, is served as a flat slice, al­most like a sand­wich ter­rine, though tra­di­tion­ally, a muf­fuletta comes in a pie-like slice so ev­ery bite in­volves ev­ery layer. Un­like your school sangers, this one gets bet­ter the longer it rests. Did some­one say pic­nic?

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