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Hearty Muffuletta

 Hearty Muffuletta
Famous in Louisiana, muffulettas are cold cuts, cheese and olive salad layered into an Italian bread shell. I was happy when a friend and co-worker gave me this recipe so I could make them myself. More than a meal, it’s a dining experience!
8-10 ServingsPrep: 55 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup giardiniera
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 round loaf (24 ounces) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced hard salami
  • 1/4 pound provolone cheese
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced deli ham

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine first 12 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate
  • at least 8 hours. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid.
  • Cut loaf of bread in half; hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 1-in.
  • shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Brush cut
  • sides of bread with reserved liquid. Layer bottom of bread shell
  • with salami, half of the olive mixture, cheese, remaining olive
  • mixture and ham. Replace bread top. Cut into wedges. Yield: 8-10

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Directions (continued)

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Editor's Note: Giardiniera is a vegetable mixture available in mild and hot varieties. Look for it in the Italian or pickle section of your local grocery store.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 378 calories, 19 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 1,103 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 14 g protein.