I love, love, love my co-author Maria Emmerich's Toasted Sub and Panini Bread. It is amazing. So much like yeasty, gluten filled bread. If you haven't tried it, you really should. I make it all the time. Maria updated the recipe this summer, and it is brilliant.
This sandwich is my new favorite way to eat it. Not exactly a classic New Orleans Muffaletta, because I like some peppers in my olive salad mix. Pretty and tasty. Add those flavorful ingredients to the best cheeses and deli meats, and you have a very special sandwich. Pretty unheard of among low carbers.
I have never had a problem with Maria's recipe It rises well, tastes great and is really easy to make. I have only made the coconut flour version, but Maria has an almond flour recipe too. Some have had problems with certain brands of psyllium husks turning the bread purple. I use the Sprouts brand, and have never had that problem. Maria now suggests weighing the ingredients for accuracy. Have to admit, I just scoop. Never had a problem. Even played around a little bit with the ratio of whole egg to egg whites. Stick by her guidelines, however, because it can be tricky I guess.
This photo is after pressing.
Ode to Maria Muffaletta
1. Make the dough as specified in Maria’s recipe. The sandwich pictured is using the coconut flour version. Mound the dough into a circle on parchment paper and pat it down to about one inch thick. It will rise in the oven. Bake the dough for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.
2. While the bread is baking, make the olive salad. Combine in a bullet blender or chop by hand:
1/4 cup green olives
1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers
2 tbsp pepperoncini
2 tbsp pepperoncini liquid from the jar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/4 tsp dried oregano
3. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the bread in half horizontally. Spread the olive mixture on both sides.
4. Layer 8 ounces of deli meats and cheeses of your choosing. I used salami, pepperoni, turkey, smoked gouda and a smoked beef sausage. The choice is yours.
5. Wrap the sandwich tightly in foil and press it with a book, pan, or whatever fits in the fridge. (I used a casserole dish and set my other fridge items inside it.) Chill at least 8 hours, up to three days. Cut into fourths to serve.
If you try this sandwich and like it, be sure to go over to thank Maria too!