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Muffaletta Recipe

This muffaletta recipe is the ultimate sandwich from New Orleans, piled high with Italian meats, cheese, and a homemade spicy olive tapenade. Feeds a crowd!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cold cuts, giardiniera, New Orleans, olives, sandwich, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 580kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE OLIVE TAPENADE MIXTURE

  • 1 cup green olives chopped
  • 1 cup giardiniera chopped (or use pickled peppers)
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

FOR THE MUFFALETTA SANDWICH

  • 1 10- inch loaf of round Italian bread use Muffaletta bread if you can obtain it, but Italian is great
  • ½ pound sliced capicola or use deli ham, or both!
  • ½ pound sliced mortadella
  • ½ pound sliced salami
  • ½ pound sliced provolone cheese

Instructions

FOR THE OLIVE TAPENADE MIXTURE

  • Mix together the olives, giardiniera, roasted red peppers, shallot, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil and oregano in large bowl.

ASSEMBLE THE MUFFALETTA

  • Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise and scoop out part of the interior to make room for the olive-pepper salad. Save the scooped out bread for another use if you’d like.
  • Lay the bread slices down with the insides facing up.
  • Spread the olive tapenade mixture evenly over the bread slices.
  • Layer the bottom slice with capicola, mortadella, salami and provolone cheese.
  • Top with the other half of bread.
  • Wrap the entire muffaletta sandwich with plastic wrap and set a pan or other weight over the top of the sandwich to lightly press it down. This will let the bread soak up some of the tapenade juices and build a lot of flavor. Set aside for 1 hour.
  • Unwrap the sandwich, slice it into 8 triangular pieces and serve.

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Notes

Makes 4 very large slices, 8 average-sized slices, or you can slice thinner to serve as appetizers.

Nutrition

Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 2822mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 607IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 2mg