Muffaletta Panini is layered with olive salad, three types of meat, and provolone cheese. Tastes like the classic New Orleans sandwich but in Panini form.
During the holiday season I love to have stuff on hand to make a panini. Things tend to get a little crazy this time of the year. We get so busy shopping, decorating, doing activities that we sometimes forget to eat. Do you do that? Get so busy that at 3 in the afternoon you realize you completely forgot lunch!
Well a panini is great because it works well for lunch, dinner, or a snack. Cut them in bite-sized pieces to serve at a holiday party. Plus they only take minutes to assemble and cook.
And since everyone likes their Panini a little different- some like a lot of cheese, some a lot of meat, and a few are just in it for the bread- it’s the perfect excuse to have everyone make their own. That equals less stress on Mom!
What Is A Muffaletta?
A muffaletta is a wonderful New Orleans sandwich filled with olives, cheese, and a variety of meats all stuffed in a round loaf of Italian bread. It also makes a delicious panini. This recipe is like a cross between a muffaletta and a grilled cheese and it is so, so good. Especially if you like olives as much as I do.
Layered with Olive Salad, Salami, Mortadella, Capicola, and Provolone cheese, this is one delicious sandwich.
The Olive Salad can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to a week. It’s a delicious blend of Pompeian Olive oil, Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar, olives, red onion, artichoke hearts, and roasted red pepper.
A nice coating of Olive Oil on the outside of the sandwich gets it nice and crispy and gives it tons of great flavor.
- Panini Press- a panini press makes it super easy to make really crispy paninis. If you don’t have one, use a griddle or nonstick skillet.
- Silicone Basting Brush– great for brushing the olive oil on the bread.
More Muffaletta Recipes
- Muffaletta Sandwich
- Muffaletta Pinwheels
- Hot Muffaletta Dip
- Muffaletta Quiche
- Muffaletta Salad
- Muffaletta Pizza
- 1 cup sliced olives, I use a mixture of green and kalamata
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted red pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 slices French or Italian bread or use ciabatta but cut horizontally
- 12 slices provolone cheese
- 1/2 pound thinly sliced salami, I use genoa
- 1/2 pound Mortadella
- 1/2 pound Capicola or prosciutto
- more Pompeian Olive oil for bread
- To make Olive Salad, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.
- Heat a Panini Grill (or a skillet or griddle).
- For each sandwich, Brush the outsides of bread with olive oil and spread olive salad on the inside of both pieces of bread.
- Layer desired amount of cheese and meats. Place one assembled sandwich at a time in the Panini press and cook until bread is crispy and cheese is melted. Slice in half to serve.
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Originally posted December 2, 2014.
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12 thoughts on “Muffaletta Panini”
Video is so engaging! Spice up house of hazards for more great flavors!
I’d only change one thing – the bread used. When I don’t have time to make a muffaletta loaf (or find a fresh loaf at the baker’s shop) I substitute fresh baked ciabatta. These breads allow the crunchy exterior but the holey interior that catch the juice from the olive ‘tampenade’ and olive oil. LOVE LOVE LOVE a quality muffaletta.
Love love love muffalettas! Olives are one of my fave foods, so of course I love the olive relish! This one looks so droolworthy!
This looks delicious!
I use their olive oil often,and this Panini looks awesome stacked high like I like it!
That’s so cool that you get to print out your own personalized label! Such a great idea! Love this panini! Look at all that melty cheese – it looks like the perfect lunch!
This looks amazing! I never turn down a good panini. Lunch is served!
You really can’t go wrong with toasty bread and melty cheese! And whatever else you feel like throwing in…. A good panini is perfect any time of day!
I love paninis! This panini looks absolutely incredible too, perfect for lunch or dinner!
I love a good sandwich and you can’t get much better than all the flavors and textures in a muffaletta. I want a panini press after seeing this!
This is the perfect panini! Anything loaded with this much goodness just can’t be wrong! I want this for lunch today so badly! 🙂
This panini looks amazing, Christin! Muffalettas are one of my favorite sandwiches, so I love that you made it into a panini. Sounds like the perfect lunch to me!