Palate Passport by Neha Khullar

Neha Khullar's Palate Passport has been mentioned here a time or two since December when I first received her book.

The author states that she spent three years and a lifetime writing Palate Passport, traveling the world collecting experiences and food memories like others collect postcards. The photographs here are lovely and plentiful. The recipes each share an experience. For instance, the South Indian tomato chutney tells the tale of hotel breakfast in Mumbai and a French dinner in St. Martin inspired the Cauliflower shooters. We are lucky to experience these memories through Neha's beautiful narrative, and we can immerse ourselves further by creating these dishes and memories for ourselves in our own kitchens.

I love this collection for its international dishes as I love to travel the globe through cooking, but also because I've learned a thing or two while reading it. When I reached the Singapore carrot cake, I wondered if Neha knew she made a mistake. The photo next to the recipe title was not cake or anything resembling cake and not one hint of orange, where were the carrots! This dish is a spicy, savory dish with Chinese daikon, rice flour, and absolutely no carrots or sugar. I love learning about new dishes and Neha's book is packed with them. Genovese pesto mac and cheese, Australian meat pie rolls, Philly cheesesteak samosa, and Pretzel crusted calamari are other recipes that inspire me.

Today, I made the Soy sauce chicken which I adjusted a bit because I had a whole chicken which I split and it smells incredible. I am looking forward to dinner. Update: We all had a pre-dinner bite and it is marvelous - I can't wait to make this with chicken thighs again. (No bell pepper we aren't fans.)

As we are approaching Fat Tuesday, Neha thought it appropriate to share her New Orleans muffaletta recipe with our members today so that if you are so incline you can gather up the ingredients, throw on some Madri Gras beads, and celebrate like you are in NOLA.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Neha is offering two copies of her book to our members in the US and EYB is supplying one copy worldwide. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter. 

 

New Orleans muffaletta
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Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup green olives - pitted and coarsely chopped
  • ⅔ cup Kalamata olives - pitted and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup pimiento peppers - chopped
  • ½ cup hot cherry peppers - coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 anchovy fillet - mashed
  • 2 tablespoons capers - drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves - finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large round bread loaf (at least 10-12 inches in diameter)
  • ¼ pound salami - thinly sliced
  • ¼ pound capicola - thinly sliced
  • ¼ pound mortadella - thinly sliced
  • ¼ pound provolone - thinly sliced

Method:

1. Place the first 11 ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Reserve this olive salad in the refrigerator until ready to use.

2. To assemble the sandwich, cut the bread lengthwise and if especially thick, tear out some of the doughy inside. Lay the bread slices face-up on the cutting board.

3. Spoon the olive mixture onto both halves of the bread.

4. Layer the meat and cheese onto the bottom half, then close with the top half.

5. Cut the sandwich into quarters and serve immediately, or for better flavor, wrap in plastic and allow the bread to soak up juices for 1 hour before serving.

A traditional-style Muffaletta sandwich consists of a muffaletta-style loaf (a round loaf somewhat similar to focaccia, except lighter on the inside), mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, provolone, and a signature olive spread. It hails from New Orleans yet has Italian origins due to the Italian immigrants that settled in the bayou.

What makes the sandwich particularly unique from place to place is its signature olive spread, along with the quality of meats used. The signature olive spread consists of olives chopped with a slew of other pickled vegetables such as carrots and cauliflower; basically what one would find in a bottle of Italian Giardiniera, with olives added.

Unlike other sandwiches with wet ingredients that encourage you to serve the sandwich right away to avoid sogginess, this sandwich pretty much requires a little resting time for all of the flavors to truly marry.

 

The author is offering two copies of her book to EYB Members in the US and EYB is supplying one copy worldwide.  One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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97 Comments

  • lauriesk  on  2/11/2018 at 12:52 PM

    The first recipe I would make is Easy Middle Eastern shakshuka

  • heyjude  on  2/11/2018 at 1:16 PM

    Belizean Chocolate Chicken

  • lean1  on  2/11/2018 at 2:17 PM

    Briwat with feta cheese

  • laureljean  on  2/11/2018 at 3:53 PM

    Moti Mahal butter chicken

  • mpdeb98  on  2/11/2018 at 4:46 PM

    Burrah chicken

  • Kristjudy  on  2/11/2018 at 6:36 PM

    Chicken tortilla soup

  • jackier333  on  2/11/2018 at 7:42 PM

    Would love to try the briwat with feta

  • jmay42066  on  2/11/2018 at 9:07 PM

    Roasted poblano and corn soup

  • AnnaZed  on  2/11/2018 at 9:58 PM

    South Indian tomato chutney

  • EmilyR  on  2/11/2018 at 11:33 PM

    Quick Japanese tuna sashimi salad

  • mjes  on  2/12/2018 at 3:45 AM

    Cucumber pomegranate salad

  • sarahawker  on  2/12/2018 at 7:54 AM

    Banh xeo

  • abihamm  on  2/12/2018 at 10:20 AM

    Zucchini feta fritters

  • jezpurr  on  2/12/2018 at 12:43 PM

    The Thai iced coffee and Soy Chicken!!!^_^

  • janv  on  2/12/2018 at 2:00 PM

    Pastel de nata

  • Steben  on  2/12/2018 at 6:29 PM

    Detroit style pizza

  • southerncooker  on  2/12/2018 at 7:31 PM

    I'd try Cuban egg rolls. They sound delicious.

  • matag  on  2/12/2018 at 8:23 PM

    Burrah chicken

  • Siegal  on  2/13/2018 at 8:14 PM

    Fish ball soup sounds Interesting

  • ljsimmons  on  2/14/2018 at 12:08 AM

    Moti Mahal butter chicken

  • contest718  on  2/14/2018 at 12:14 AM

    Burrah chicken or Chicken farcha

  • kmn4  on  2/14/2018 at 8:49 AM

    Jamaican curry goat

  • lpatterson412  on  2/14/2018 at 1:39 PM

    Yorkshire pudding!

  • lebarron2001  on  2/14/2018 at 3:16 PM

    Real deal San Francisco crab cakes

  • lapsapchung  on  2/15/2018 at 5:51 AM

    South African beef trinchado because it's a region whose food I have hardly ever sampled

  • ravensfan  on  2/15/2018 at 12:52 PM

    Spicy feta dip

  • Scotsman61  on  2/16/2018 at 9:36 PM

    Belizean Chocolate Chicken

  • wester  on  2/17/2018 at 8:44 AM

    I want to try Chawla's cream chicken - looks like a very interesting combination of flavors.

  • JenJoLa  on  2/17/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Turkish breakfast eggs (Menemen)

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  2/18/2018 at 8:45 AM

    I would like to try making the Provençal tuna and vegetable salad tartines.

  • Livia  on  2/18/2018 at 12:03 PM

    It has got to be the South African beef trinchado :)

  • FireRunner2379  on  2/18/2018 at 5:06 PM

    I'd like to try the New Orleans BBQ shrimp and Detroit Style Pizza.

  • sgump  on  2/19/2018 at 12:09 PM

    What an assortment! I'd try the Turkish pizza (lahmacun)!

  • lgroom  on  2/19/2018 at 1:36 PM

    Shakshurah.

  • Dannausc  on  2/19/2018 at 5:01 PM

    Chicken farcha

  • Joyceeong  on  2/20/2018 at 8:48 AM

    Burrah Chicken

  • hibeez  on  2/20/2018 at 8:59 AM

    Cucumber pomegranate salad

  • MaryCunningham86  on  2/21/2018 at 11:43 PM

    Thai boat noodles

  • Betterlife1  on  2/24/2018 at 4:13 AM

    Spicy feta dip

  • clairew137  on  2/25/2018 at 3:50 AM

    Spicy feta dip

  • LaurenE  on  2/25/2018 at 2:18 PM

    Roasted poblano and corn soup

  • PennyG  on  2/25/2018 at 3:50 PM

    Mmmmmm ... Israeli beets with tahina!

  • HermionieG  on  2/25/2018 at 4:41 PM

    Turkish pizza, but I would probably try making it with ground turkey rather than lamb.

  • rachael_mc  on  2/25/2018 at 5:18 PM

    Chicken farcha

  • obbigttam  on  2/28/2018 at 1:01 AM

    South African peri peri sauce - let's play with chillis! :)

  • Arinelle  on  2/28/2018 at 5:43 AM

    The Belizean chocolate chicken is very intriguing!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  2/28/2018 at 8:59 AM

    Roasted poblano and corn soup. Sounds like something my husband would love!

  • luccio  on  2/28/2018 at 3:18 PM

    Madeira style fish with bananas

  • GregH  on  2/28/2018 at 5:06 PM

    New Orleans muffaletta

  • GregH  on  2/28/2018 at 5:10 PM

    Piccalilli sauce

  • Sfgordon  on  2/28/2018 at 7:33 PM

    Cig kofte

  • clappc  on  3/1/2018 at 10:04 AM

    Cauliflower Shooters!

  • Cryambers  on  3/1/2018 at 11:19 AM

    Turkish stuffed mussels (Midye dolmasi)

  • jd5761  on  3/1/2018 at 4:33 PM

    Burrah Chicken for me

  • madelainelc  on  3/1/2018 at 7:34 PM

    Fish ball soup sounds delicious

  • Marcia1206  on  3/1/2018 at 9:10 PM

    The chicken tortilla soup sounds and cauliflower shooters

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  3/2/2018 at 5:46 AM

    South Indian tomato chutney

  • choppergirl  on  3/2/2018 at 9:48 AM

    Tandoori chicken wings

  • ejsimpson  on  3/2/2018 at 7:15 PM

    Tian de courgettes au riz

  • BMeyer  on  3/2/2018 at 10:16 PM

    chocolate chicken

  • t.t  on  3/3/2018 at 2:04 AM

    Ajvar

  • Lem9579  on  3/3/2018 at 1:05 PM

    Goan mussels

  • RSW  on  3/4/2018 at 10:26 AM

    Cordoba salmorejo

  • Shelley.b  on  3/4/2018 at 5:46 PM

    Burrah chicken

  • antpantsii  on  3/5/2018 at 1:22 PM

    Belizean Chocolate Chiken!

  • kitchenclimbers  on  3/6/2018 at 1:50 PM

    chocolate chicken

  • cake17uk  on  3/7/2018 at 12:43 AM

    I'd try Thai boat noodles first

  • Jenamarie  on  3/8/2018 at 9:23 AM

    Thai boat noodles

  • iza27  on  3/9/2018 at 1:06 AM

    Moroccan harira soup

  • DesiKim  on  3/9/2018 at 9:53 PM

    So many exciting recipes. Perhaps I'll try the Real deal San Francisco crab cakes first

  • Coffeebean  on  3/9/2018 at 10:14 PM

    Spicy feta dip

  • Angryyew  on  3/9/2018 at 11:47 PM

    Detroit style pizza.

  • sequoia55  on  3/10/2018 at 12:10 AM

    Belizean Chocolate Chicken

  • tararr  on  3/10/2018 at 9:43 AM

    Roasted poblano and corn soup

  • camerashy131  on  3/10/2018 at 9:47 AM

    South Jersey's blueberry pie

  • Joy001  on  3/10/2018 at 10:04 AM

    Zucchini Feta Fritters sounds delicious!

  • Dmartin997  on  3/10/2018 at 11:10 AM

    Crab Rangoon dip

  • Julia  on  3/10/2018 at 1:05 PM

    Burrah chicken

  • TanyaD  on  3/10/2018 at 5:32 PM

    Piccalilli sauce

  • trudys_person  on  3/11/2018 at 12:37 PM

    Spicy Feta Dip sounds good - similar to a recipe I already make, but lighter ...

  • RickPearson54  on  3/11/2018 at 4:36 PM

    Ajvar

  • hc_bailey  on  3/11/2018 at 9:45 PM

    South African peri peri sauce

  • NaomiH  on  3/12/2018 at 1:12 PM

    Roasted poblano and corn soup

  • LaraM  on  3/12/2018 at 8:41 PM

    Ajvar

  • Radley  on  3/13/2018 at 2:34 PM

    Fish Ball Soup

  • Ishtar  on  3/14/2018 at 9:02 AM

    Pastel de nata

  • TheCookbookCook  on  3/15/2018 at 8:22 PM

    Cauliflower shooters

  • HomespunHouse  on  3/16/2018 at 2:30 PM

    Fava bean dip

  • Karla123  on  3/18/2018 at 7:28 PM

    Jamaican sweet potato pudding...Yum!

  • Singleta417  on  3/18/2018 at 10:51 PM

    Spicy feta dip

  • sgrigis  on  3/19/2018 at 2:22 PM

    Sri Lankan deviled butter shrimp... along with half the things in this book!

  • shandrap  on  3/20/2018 at 12:44 PM

    Chicken tortilla soup

  • MusicCityMissy  on  3/21/2018 at 7:04 PM

    Too many to name but the BBQ bread pudding with avocado crema really sounds like an interesting twist.

  • orchidlady01  on  3/22/2018 at 5:27 AM

    Chicken tortilla soup

  • munki  on  3/22/2018 at 2:44 PM

    Burrah chicken

  • milgwimper  on  3/22/2018 at 7:28 PM

    lahmacun

  • rosalee  on  3/22/2018 at 9:21 PM

    Cauliflower shooters!

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