Muffaletta Pinwheels Recipe

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Muffaletta Pinwheels have all the flavors of the iconic New Orleans sandwich. Salami, ham, mortadella, cheese, and olive relish combine to make a tasty appetizer.

Muffaletta Pinwheels topped with black olives on a plate.

 

The Muffalaetta has become a very famous sandwich and for good reason. Salvatore Lupo of Central Grocery in New Orleans is credited with inventing the muffaletta sandwich. Apparently he needed a way to use up the olives left at the bottom of a barrel.

 

These chilled tortilla roll-ups have a creamy cream cheese base. They couldn’t be easier to make, plus they can be made well in advance. It’s best to wait until shortly before serving to slice them because it’s harder to keep them wrapped well once sliced and the tortillas will dry out over time.

Pinwheels on a blue serving plate.

 

These Muffaletta Pinwheels are perfectly creamy and full of bold flavors. The saltiness of both the meat and the olive salad makes them a totally craveable appetizer. Cut into pinwheels, you have a finger-friendly party food that’s so much less messy to eat than a muffaletta sandwich.

Recipe Tip:

For best results, use a sharp serrated knife to slice the pinwheels.

 

Close-up of a Muffaletta Pinwheel.

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Muffaletta Pinwheels topped with black olives on a plate.

Muffaletta Pinwheels

Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Mardi Gras, muffaletta pinwheels
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours
Servings: 12
Calories: 403kcal
Muffaletta Pinwheels have all the flavors of the iconic New Orleans sandwich. Salami, ham, mortadella, cheese, and olive relish combine to make a tasty appetizer.

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Ingredients

Olive Salad

  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Pinwheels

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 large flour tortillas
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced genoa salami
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced mortadella
  • 1/3 pound sliced provolone cheese
  • whole kalamata olives, optional

Instructions

  • Combine all olive salad ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Using a hand-held mixer, beat cream cheese and garlic powder until fluffy and smooth.
  • Spread tortillas with cream cheese, dividing it evenly between the 5 tortillas.
  • Spread a layer of olive salad on each tortilla and top with layers of ham, salami, mortadella, and provolone, dividing each ingredient evenly between the tortillas.
  • Roll each tortilla up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is fine).
  • Slice each tortilla roll. Top with an olive and toothpick if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal

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