Moo foo lata. Mu fu letta. However you pronounce it, it is the ultimate sandwich. You can order them from Central Grocery, and they are delicious, but so pricey. So I decided to make one myself.
Start with wide selection of meat. We’re fortunate enough to have an amazing grocery store in Milwaukee, Cermak. They have a fantastic selection of lunch meats, and butchered meats, and ethnic food. Honestly though, if you don’t have access to such a wide variety, it would probably still be damn delicious with hard salami, bologna, and ham or prosciutto. (The Coppola though. OMG)
Meat. Meat. Meat. Also cheese. I used 1/3 of a pound of each.
Split your muffuletta bread…
Dig out some of the center. I was pretty conservative in pulling it out (because it tasted so good). Next time I’ll pull out a bit more so I can stuff more meat in there.
Add you olive salad…
Sopressata. I used spicy. This is just a cured salami.
Mortadella. Mortadella is very similar to bologna (perhaps a bit silkier, and with pistachio nuts sometimes, and peppercorns and bits of whole pork fat).
Capocollo, coppa, or capicola. Or, if you’re Michael Scott or Tony Soprano, gabba-gool. I can see now why Tony was always complaining when they ran out…
Coppa. This is similar to the capicola but seems to have a milder softer texture. This one isn’t traditional but looked good.
More olive salad.
Put the lid on.
Wrap tightly with food service wrap. I wrapped it about 4 times. Some recipes call for putting a weight on top. I opted not to.
I’m not going to lie. After we wrapped it up, we tossed it back and forth a few times like a football.
And now wait. I left it 24 hours in the refrigerator. This lets the oils from the olive salad seep into the bread.
So much sandwich.
Cut it. With a big knife.
And slice and serve.
There were some comments online that it tastes better warmed. I did not, we ate it cold the first night. I saved half for leftover dinner (the best night of the week for mom) and heated it in the oven. Have to say I didn’t see that one or the other was better, but after a few days in the fridge it probably helped to freshen everything up. On this debate, I say, whatever you prefer would work just fine.