Monday, October 15, 2012

Vegan Mofo #16 - Colleen’s Muffuletta Sandwich...

Vegan Mofo #16 - Colleen’s Muffuletta Sandwich 
The Book - Color Me Vegan
The Author - Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
The Recipe - Muffuletta Sandwich
Page # 245
Difficulty - Easy
Duration - Roughly 40 minutes, but most of that time is inactive.

Who doesn’t love roasted vegetables? I know I freaking love them! There is something so amazing about them. You don’t need sauce, or dressing you just pop an assortment of veggies into the oven with a little olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper and something absolutely wonderful comes out. It’s easy, clean, delicious and oh so satisfying. That’s how I felt about this sandwich. It’s full of super simple ingredients and doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to throw together and yet it’s so mind-blowingly good.

Though I’d of course heard of Muffuletta sandwiches before I’d never actually had one before making Colleen’s version. Originally I hadn’t intended to make this sandwich for Mofo, but just before Thanksgiving I was starting to feel burnt out on sandwiches, specifically the really heavy ones and I was just craving something simple. I also had some homemade white Panini rolls left over that I needed to use, plus a sad looking zucchini and a small eggplant. I had all the making’s of the Muffuletta and so there was no better time to give it a try, and you should too.

So first things first you need to roast up some veggies. You need a zucchini, an eggplant, a sweet onion, a red bell pepper and a tomato, or a couple of bell peppers and tomatoes if you like a little extra. You slice them thin toss them with oil, salt and pepper and let them do their thing in the oven. Meanwhile you make a Tapenade of green olives, kalamata olives, capers, garlic, celery, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, olive oil, red wine vinegar, green onions and a little more salt and pepper.

Then when the veggies are ready you spread the Tapenade over both sides of your bread of choice - a thick crusty bread or some homemade rolls would be best - layer in your veggies and chomp away. Colleen recommends that you refrigerate the Tapenade for an hour or two to let the flavors meld but I didn’t bother, and it tasted great just as it was. A perfect late afternoon lunch or light dinner.

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