Olive Spread, New Orleans Style

shelly brown


I went to New Orleans about 6 months before Katrina hit. What an amazing town and I didn't have nearly enough time! I haven't been back, but I definitely want to!
I had heard of the famous Muffeletta sandwich from Central Grocery in the French Quarter and made a point to have one. I loved it!!! I found a place selling olive spread, a key ingredient to the Muffeletta, so I could bring some home. Unfortunately, there was nowhere that sold it here in Minnesota so I had to search to find recipes, then made them my own!

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me....and my friends, if I am feeling nice! (this is approximate, ditto the time...)
30 Min
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2/3 c
green olives with pimento, chopped
2/3 c
kalamata (greek) olives, pitted and chopped
garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp
capers, drained and minced
1 tsp
oregano, dried
1/4 tsp
black pepper
1/2 c
olive oil
2 Tbsp
red or white wine vinigar
cauliflower head, chopped fine
carrots, peeled and chopped fine
3 stalk(s)
celery, sliced thin
1/2 c
pepperocini, chopped. optional
anchovy fillets, chopped. optional
3 Tbsp
parsley, italian, chopped. optional
cocktail onions, chopped. optional


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1Drain and chop green olives.

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2Drain and chop Kalamata olives. Add to green olives.

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3Wash & slice celery. Add to olives.

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4Peel & chop carrots. Add to olives & celery.

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5Wash & chop cauliflower. Add to olives, celery, & carrots.

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6Add spices, oil, & vinegar.

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7Stir. Refrigerate. I prefer to let it sit over night to really let the flavors blend.

8NOTES: I use my Ninja chopper, it is sooooo much faster than doing it all by hand (which I have done more than once...ugh).

Also, the amounts are what is given on one of the recipes I use. But here's the thing, I use 3 recipes and amounts .... flexible! LOL I uses jars of this and that till it looks right to me... Have fun with it and keep notes as to what tastes good to you! (The stuff marked optional would not taste good to me, but other people might like 'em!)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Other Tag: Heirloom