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Mardi Gras is the pre-lenten celebration on Fat Tuesday & although many cities & countries recognize it with festivities centered around overindulgence, New Orleans is best known for their lively season of Carnival which begins around January 6th each year, the Christian holiday Epiphany. The day, also known as Twelfth Night, kicks-off a period of lavish entertainment featuring parades, parties & galas that lead up to Ash Wednesday & when it comes to refreshments, a quintessential New Orleans original, the muffuletta, never disappoints. Filled with excessive layers of meat, cheese & a zesty olive salad, the mammoth sandwich was created by Central Grocery for the Italian immigrants who frequented the establishment that longed for a comforting taste of home. The ingredients, piled high, meld for a bit on a split sesame topped bread loaf before it’s cut into quarters & served. Since the flavor combination is so irresistible, you’ll find many renditions that swap out traditional items of Italian ham, salami, mortadella, mozzarella & provolone for a more custom creation. 

A Fritter

These melty little morsels are a fun way to pay homage to New Orleans when hosting your own Mardi Gras celebration. Fritters are most commonly associated with foods suspended or coated in a batter of rudimentary ingredients such as milk, flour & eggs. Fruit filled varieties include apple, peach, banana & fresh berries with more savory applications of corn & zucchini to seafood varieties with crab & clams. Muffuletta Fritters take the road less traveled approach by coating the dense cheese & meat filled mixture in flour, dipping in egg & rolling in fresh breadcrumbs before deep frying until golden brown. Tasty on their own or with the Tangy Mustard Sauce, guests will be ready to fritter with a platter full of these indulgent appetizers.

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Muffuletta Fritters
makes 8 servings

1/4 cup green olives, rinsed & drained
1/2 {8-oz} package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/2 cup sliced hard salami, diced
1-oz prosciutto, finely diced
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Vegetable oil
1/4 cup ap flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
Tangy Mustard Sauce

Press the green olives between paper towels until dry.
Finely chop them & place in a medium bowl.
Fold in the cream cheese & the next 5 ingredients until blended.
Chill 30 minutes.

Divide the mixture into 16 portions using a tablespoon-size cookie scoop.

Attach a candy thermometer to a deep sided, 4-quart saucepan.
Pour the oil to a depth of 1 1/4-inches & heat to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, coat the cheese portions in flour, then in the egg.
Roll in the fresh breadcrumbs.

Fry, in batches, 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve with the Tangy Mustard Sauce.  

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Tangy Mustard Sauce
makes about 1/2 cup

3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp water
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
3/4 tsp sugar
Freshly ground pepper

Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. 

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The 411

 The mixture will be dense.
Once fried, the center will warm through.
The appetizer bites will hold their shape well once split open.
Expect several melty cheese threads to suspend in mid-air…
If you’re into that kind of thing.

The Divvy

A tablespoon-size cookie scoop makes portioning the filling quick.
If you don’t have one, simply use a measuring spoon & roll into balls.
The finished size will measure approximately 1 1/4-inches. 

The Ingredients

Do not be tempted to substitute deli-sliced ham for the prosciutto.
Although a popular choice when making a classic muffuletta sandwich,
many brands have added water which may cause the grease to pop when frying.
Check ingredient labels before purchasing & preparing the recipe for safe results.


Cooking Lessons

How To Make Fresh Breadcrumbs

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