Once upon a time, a lifetime ago, I worked in a building on Dolson Avenue which was visited by a man a white uniform, with a large white apron and a picnic basket filled with sandwiches for sale. Many of us would buy them and my quick favorite was roasted red peppers, with fresh mozzarella and portabello mushrooms on a roll. One day I drove to the Famous Deli-Licious store myself and was amazed - the visuals, the atmosphere, the selection...I had never had such a food experience. I asked for my favorite and was told they wanted me to try something new. Pumpkin.
Pumpkin? On a sandwich? I couldn't get my head around the idea, but I've always been a fairly adventurous eater (creamed pearl onions/liver/lobster - all tried and liked by the age of 8). Ok. I'll have the pumpkin.
I was given a large and crusty roll filled with pumpkin cutlets and my favorite fresh mozzarella. Oh my. Leave behind any thoughts of pie or jack-o-lanterns. This is completely unrelated. I've been a fan ever since and we now have a family tradition to serve the Famous Deli-Licious pumpkin as part of our Thanksgiving meal.
My younger son craves food from "The Italian Pork Store" and recently requested we have it for dinner and so we ordered a smorgasbord of items for a kitchen table picnic. The relentless rain kept us inside.
Bread. It all begins with bread.
|Genoa Salami, Prosciutto and Cappicola|
I gently heat the pumpkin in the oven for a few minutes and this is how it looks:
A slice of pumpkin on bread with fresh cheese and tomato and I simply cannot speak - not because I have food in my mouth (although that does factor in) but I am speechless.
I'm sharing a very important secret with you - go to the Famous Deli-Licious Pork Store and order the pumpkin. Now. But, if you see me waiting in line, all's fair in food and pumpkin love and I may buy all that remains for sale.
This dish is one that I will not attempt to make on my own, leaves me and my family feeling Fed Well and has wonderful holiday memories attached. Today, try the pumpkin.