Muffaletta Sandwich

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The Muffaletta Sandwich is a delicious New Orleans sandwich filled with olive salad, cheese, and a variety of meats all on a loaf of Italian bread. Typically the Muffaletta includes ham, salami, mortadella, and capicola. It’s similar to an Italian sub and amazingly delicious!

Muffaletta Sandwich

 

The Muffaletta Sandwich originated at Central Grocery in New Orleans in 1906 and you can still order one there today.

A Muffaletta is a must make for Mardi Gras. Because they are made on bread rounds and are stacked high with meats and cheese, they can be sliced into lots of servings. Plus they can be made a day or two in advance, making them perfect for low stress party prep.

They also make a popular game day food.

Muffaletta Sandwich- a New Orleans favorite

 

Tips for making Muffaletta Sandwiches:

  • It is next to impossible to find a replica of the bread used for New Orleans Muffalettas. It is an Italian-style bread that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can use any Italian or French round, it just may be a little on the chewy side. Foccacia or ciabatta can also be used.
  • If you’re using a tall round loaf, you’ll want to remove some of the bread from the center of the loaf once you slice it open. Hollowing it out some will ensure there’s plenty of room for all the meats and cheese.
  • If you can make your Muffaletta at least 2-4 hours ahead of time, the flavor will be much better. You want the olive salad to have time to soak into the bread some.
  • Typically Muffaletta Sandwiches are served cold, but you can toast it if you like.

Muffaletta Sandwich- perfect for Mardi Gras!

More Mardi Gras Recipes

I love to make this Olive Salad for my Muffalettas.

Muffaletta Sandwich
Prep Time
10 mins
Refrigerate
2 hrs
Total Time
10 mins
 

The Muffaletta Sandwich is a delicious New Orleans sandwich filled with olive salad, cheese, and a variety of meats all on a loaf of Italian bread. Typically the Muffaletta includes ham, salami, mortadella, and capicola. It's similar to an Italian sub and amazingly delicious!

Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Mardi Gras
Servings: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (10-inch) loaf round Italian bread
  • 1 cup olive salad
  • 1/4 pound provolone cheese
  • 1/4 pound ham
  • 1/4 pound capicola
  • 1/4 pound Genoa salami
  • 1/4 pound mortadella
Instructions
  1. Cut the top of the bread off so that the bottom half is a little thicker than the top. Remove a little of the bread from the center to hollow the bottom piece out some and make plenty of room.

  2. Spread about 1/3 cup of olive salad on the bottom piece.

  3. Layer the cheese and meats on top.

  4. Spread the remaining olive salad on top. Drizzle any oil from the olive salad on the underside of the top piece of bread.

  5. Place the top piece of bread on top and press down gently. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 to 4 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

Homemade olive salad is best. I like to use this olive salad recipe.

Muffaletta Sandwiches are perfect for Mardi Gras. #neworleans

2 thoughts on “Muffaletta Sandwich

  1. It’s that time of the year in N.O. and all of La. that we see all our favorites. But a traditional dish I never see listed is a Shrimp Delicate recipe. Do you have a recipe for SD? We have had it twice in a diner in Baton Rouge over the last 5 years. The diner folks told us it is recognized as some kind of official dish in State publications? So somebody is eating it. haha

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