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To blanch the cauliflower and carrot, cook in boiling water for 2 minutes, then plunge into cold water.

Courses: Sandwiches
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozPitted green olives - coarsely chopped
1/2 cup 118mlPitted oil-packed black olives - coarsely chopped
1   Pimentos - (2-oz) - drained, and
  Coarsely chopped
1   Celery stalk - trimmed, and
  Minced to equal 1/3 cup
1/4 cup 23g / 0.8ozCauliflower florets - blanched, minced
1   Carrot - peeled, blanched,
  And minced
2   Garlic cloves - minced
2 tablespoons 30mlCoarsely-chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon 5mlDried oregano
1/4 cup 59mlRed wine vinegar
1/4 cup 59mlExtra-virgin olive oil
1 cup 237mlRound semolina bread loaf (large)
1 cup 237mlVery finely-shredded lettuce
1/4 lb 113g / 4ozThinly-sliced ham
1/4 lb 113g / 4ozThinly-sliced mortadella with pistachios
1/4 lb 113g / 4ozThinly-sliced Genoa salami
6 oz 170gThinly-sliced provolone

Recipe Instructions

Make an olive relish by combining the green and black olives with the pimentos, celery, cauliflower, carrot, garlic, parsley, oregano, vinegar and oil. Stir to blend, then set aside to marinate at least 2 hours, but preferably 4.

Slice the bread in half horizontally. Scoop out some of the bottom part, leaving a retaining wall on all sides. Drain the olive mixture, reserving the liquid. Spread half the relish onto the bread. Top with successive layers of lettuce, ham, mortadella, salami and cheese. Drizzle with a little of the reserved marinade. Spread the remaining olive relish over the layers. Top with the reserved half of the loaf.

Wrap the sandwich in plastic film. Place it on a baking sheet and weight it with something heavy such as an iron skillet or canned tomatoes. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to compress. Cut into thin wedges to serve.

This recipe yields 8 servings.

Each serving: 362 calories; 1,212 mg. sodium; 43 mg. cholesterol; 21 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 26 grams carbohydrates; 17 grams protein; 2 grams fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 06-25-2003


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