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 your 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 (this stuff is amazing. So much better than normal 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.