June 12, 2012
Wine with food changes the taste of both food and wine. Most wine lovers know this and cook dishes to match a favorite wine and vice versa.
I find that the same scenario applies to certain proteins and condiments.
After cooking for a fussy eater for 30 years I have found to not even ask if he wants "this or that" with his meat/seafood/vegetables/burgers, etc....you get the picture.
I used to ask him if he wanted to taste something new I was cooking and he would turn and walk out of the kitchen. You would have thought I learned my lesson. It was like I was playing a game of chess with this man.
Eventually I got smart.
What's the one way to get a man to do anything? Stand in front of the TV.
What's the way to get him to eat something new? Just put it on his plate or in his food.
Case in point is this Italian Muffaletta. I knew what would happen if I asked him if he wanted a pickled vegetable salad on his sandwich.
Saturday I bought the makings for an Italian Hero sandwich, the kind you get at an Italian Deli.
Hot capicola, Genoa salami, prosciutto, provolone cheese, a jar of giardiniera (pickled vegetables) and two Portuguese rolls.
Instead of the olive salad that a traditional muffaletta from new Orleans uses, I finely chopped one part zucchini pickles with one part giardiniera and used that on both sides of the bread.
The Nudge told me it was the best cold cut sandwich that he's ever eaten!!
He went out on Sunday and bought a loaf of Italian bread so he could eat the same thing for lunch.