Italian Muffaletta Sandwich

Created in the heart of New Orleans, this Italian Muffaletta Sandwich is a meatlover's dream-come-true! It takes a little bit of preparation, but the end-result is really breathtaking and delicious.

Most people assume that since it originated in New Orleans that it must be French, but that's not the case.

It is of Italian origin, probably with Sicilian roots.

(The original spelling is "muffuletta" but it has become more widely known as the muffaletta, so that's what I'm using here.)

Of all my panini recipes, this one is by far the largest and most complex, but it is definitely worth the effort!

The bread should be a flat round loaf, similar to focaccia, but preferable lighter.

Delicious Muffaletta Sandwich Recipe

Serves about 6

Ingredients for the Olive Salad

  • 2/3 cup Kalamata or Liguria black olives, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup Manzanilla or Sicilian green olives, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Gaeta olives, pitted, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pimiento (or roasted red peppers), chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Combine all of these ingredients in a bowl, and mix well. Let this rest for 12 - 24 hours before using on your sandwich.

Ingredients for the Sandwich

  • 1 loaf of crusty Italian bread (preferably round)
  • 1/3 lb hard salami, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 lb prosciutto ham, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 lb mortadella bologna, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 lb provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Sandwich Preparation

Slice the loaf like you would a hamburger bun. Layer the meats and cheeses and top with the olive salad.

Traditionally, the muffaletta is served cold, but you can toast it if you prefer a warm sandwich.

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