These last few months have brought an unexpected blast of cold weather on the West Coast, leaving most of us running for cover to the warmth of our homes and offices. To say it’s driving us all a little stir-crazy would be putting it mildly! This longing to get out and experience the world has inspired us to create some fun, new specials for the month of March. We’ve rounded up flavorful recipes brought to the United States from around the world to share with you!
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we start with some Irish-American traditions. Corned beef is a favored dish during the month of March and is often thought to be a staple in Ireland. While it is true that corned beef originated in Ireland, the Irish were not the main consumers of this popular dish. Most of the corned beef produced in Ireland was exported to England, where beef was more popular, and more people could afford it. After the Irish Potato Famine, the United States saw an influx of Irish immigrants. These new Americans soon realized that Corned Beef in The States was affordable and easy to come by. It was then that the tradition of corned beef and sauerkraut on St. Patrick’s Day began.
Ingallina’s Box Lunch has a few monthly specials inspired by these Irish-American traditions. The Corned Beef Sandwich is back with a new twist: it is now served on our house-made pretzel baguette! It also comes with onion sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and whole grain mustard. We also have an Irish Pub salad on the menu: gourmet greens topped with radishes, pickled beets, hard boiled eggs, red onions, cucumber, tomatoes, bleu cheese and house-made Thousand Island dressing.
New on the menu this month is our version of the Muffaletta Sandwich. The Muffaletta Sandwich—named for the muffaletta bread on which it is served—was made popular here in the United States by Italian immigrants. Salvatore Lupo, owner of the Central Grocery Co. in New Orleans, is credited with being the first to create this flavorful sandwich. One story has it that local Italian farmers selling produce in the French Quarter would come to the Central Grocery Co. to buy cold cuts, cheeses and olive salad. Watching the farmers balance these trays of food on their laps, Lupo figured a sandwich would be easier to eat. Thus in 1906, the Muffaletta Sandwich was born!
Our Muffaletta sandwich comes with sliced ham, Italian salami, and Mortadella, Provolone, and Swiss cheese, red onion, pickled veggies and olive salad, and Dijon mayonnaise, all on our house-made Muffaletta bread, of course!
We hope that you enjoy these wonderful recipes inspired by those who brought and shared the best of their culture. If you are looking for a mental getaway in the month of March, visit our website at www.ingallina.com to order one of our March Specials. But hurry—they’re only available for a limited time!