This month I had the pleasure of receiving Miz Helen's Country Cottage
. As a read of Miz Helen's blog I knew it was filled with delicious recipes. However, there was one recipe in particular that I have has my eye on for awhile and I knew it was the perfect time to make it. The recipe is for Muffaletta Casserole
and it is absolutely wonderful. I worked at a bar called Nicky's for a about ten years up until I had Kellen. Nicky's had an amazing version of a muffaletta sandwich. Other places tried their best to make their own in the surrounding area, but they all failed miserably. I have been a muffaletta lover since I first had the sandwich after my first night on the job. I sw Miz' Helen's recipe I have had it on my list to make, but I never seem to take the plung and put it on our menu. I am so happy I finally made it because it is sooooo good. It really reminds me of one of my favorite sandwiches- cheesy, greasy, full of brine and full of flavor from the different meats. The other fantastic thing is that the recipe is very easy to put together with minimal chopping- perfect for a week night.
I was also happy to have the opportunity to learn a little more about Miz Helen from her blog. I knew that she organized Full Plate Thursday, but did not know that she facilitates the Texas Star Chili Cook-Off as well. I make a mean chili, but am in Wisconsin....wonder if I can still join.... I also learned that she is an organic gardener and, being a bit crunchy, I not only love homegrown veggies, but appreciate the effort it takes to maintain and cultivate an organic garden.
Thank you for a wonderful recipe my entire family loves!
1 pound Penne Pasta
1/2 pound grated Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 pound grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 pound Smoked Ham chopped into thick strips
1/2 pound Genoa Salami, chopped into thick strips
1 cup Olive Salad Mix ( Boscoli is the one I used)
1 small can, sliced Black Olives, drained
1/2 tsp Cajun Seasoning
Cook the Pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse, and allow to cool. Combine the cheese in a medium bowl. Place Pasta in large mixing bowl and add Ham, Salami, Olive Salad Mix, Cajun Seasoning and half the combined cheese. Place in a greased casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until bubbly and cheese melts.