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16 Jun 2016 No Cook Savoury

Meat ‘loaf’ with olive salsa

This is based on a New Orleans classic, the muffuletta, which is a sandwich traditionally filled with layers of deli meats, salami and cheese. This version is the ultimate meat feast, perfect for a picnic sandwich or a hearty work lunch. Use any cooked cold meats or salami that you like or have left over in the fridge. I No-Cooked this on Ireland AM. Watch the segment here.

Serves 4

To make the salsa, place the olives, sun-dried tomatoes, oil and vinegar in a food processor. Add the cornichons, garlic and basil leaves. Give everything a quick blitz so it is roughly chopped. Season to taste (the olives will probably make it salty enough). This can be made up to a week in advance and kept covered in the fridge.

Carefully slice the top off the loaf of bread (about a 2cm thick piece). Pull the bread out from inside the base and the lid, leaving walls about 1cm thick. (The discarded bread can be used for breadcrumbs, a panzella salad, or saved for the ducks!) Spread two thirds of the salsa all around the inside, and the underside of the lid.

Trim any fat or sinue from the meat slices. Arrange half of the beef slices all along the bottom of the loaf, followed by half of the ham, turkey and pastrami. Spread the remaining salsa out evenly on top and then repeat the layers, this time working backwards with the pastrami first, turkey, ham and beef.

Pop the lid back on and wrap really tightly with cling film. Chill in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours or overnight, with something heavy on top like a small tray or wooden board with some food cans on top as weights.

When ready to serve, remove the cling film, cut into four wedges and arrange on serving plates. Put the olive oil lemon juice and mustard for the dressing in a small screw-top jar. Screw the lid and shake vigourously. Season to taste and add the honey for a little sweetness, if you like. Arrange the salad leaves beside the meat loaf, drizzle with the dressing, add a twist of pepper and serve with a few cornichons.

This recipe is taken from my book ‘The No-Cook Cookbook’, available in all great bookstores or online at Amazon or Easons.

Photo (c) Cristian Barnett


You will need...

1 round, white bread loaf (about 500g, 8cm high x 18cm diameter)
150g each of cooked beef, ham and turkey slices
150g pastrami
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

75g pitted black olives
75g pitted green olives
50g sun-dried tomatoes (from a jar)
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
50g cornichons, chopped
1 large garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
small handful fresh basil

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
juice ½ lemon
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp clear honey, (optional)
75g mixed salad leaves
12 cornichons, to serve

Food processor
Small tray or wooden board
about 4 cans of food

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