Last week we found some time to make a few batches of our flavorful Roots & Branches Cajun Flatbreads, and needed the perfect spread to go with them. With so many amazing New Orleans recipes to choose from, we finally decided on the one with lots of olives!! Muffuletta!!
Muffuletta is actually a type of bread, similar to Foccacia, but it's also a sandwich. Salami, provolone, mortadella, topped with olive spread (olives, Giardiniera, Cream cheese...oh my)! So we crafted the sandwich contents into a creamy cheese spread that ended up being an amazing topping for our Roots & Branches Cajun Flatbreads!
We felt Bloody Marys' were a fitting accompaniment for this Cajun treat, so we broke out a bottle of Asheville made, Arana Blana Vodka and mixed it with Bruce Julian Bloody Mary Mix, made in Charlotte. Other than coming up with some creative garnishes, this drink needs nothing else added!
Hope you enjoy the recipe for this delicious cheese spread!
8oz. block of cream cheese (softened)
2 Tbs. mayo
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped genoa salami
1/4 cup shredded provolone
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/4 cup chopped green olives (with pimentos)
1/4 cup chopped Giardiniera (drained)
2 Tbs. chopped Kalamata olives
1 Tbs. fresh, minced parsley
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except parsley. Place mixture in an oven safe dish, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle parsley on top and serve warm with Roots & Branches crackers!