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Muffaletta Panini

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.

Muffaletta Panini cut in half and stacked.

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.

Panini on cutting board with bowl of olive salad.

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!

Muffaletta Panini cut in half and stacked.

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.

Muffaletta Panini with Pompeian Olive Oil

Olive Salad

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.

Recommended Equipment

  • 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.
Up-close of panini cut in half.

More Muffaletta Recipes

Muffaletta Panini with 3kinds of meat, provolone cheese, and olive relish.

Muffaletta Panini

A crusty Panini with 3 kinds of meat, provolone cheese and fresh olive salad.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes



Olive Salad

  • 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.


Calories: 924kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: grilled cheese, New Orleans

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Originally posted December 2, 2014.

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15 thoughts on “Muffaletta Panini”

  1. 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.

  2. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Love love love muffalettas! Olives are one of my fave foods, so of course I love the olive relish! This one looks so droolworthy!

  3. Christina Heggins

    I use their olive oil often,and this Panini looks awesome stacked high like I like it!

  4. 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!

  5. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    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!

  6. 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!

  7. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    This is the perfect panini! Anything loaded with this much goodness just can’t be wrong! I want this for lunch today so badly! 🙂

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    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!

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