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Oregon Muffuletta Recipe

Traditional muffuletta is made extra special with the addition of apples, blueberries and cranberries. This is a meaty make-ahead meal that's perfect for picnics and potlucks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small tart apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 round loaf (2 pounds) unsliced Italian bread
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham, divided
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced cheddar cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients; chill for at least 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Cut a thin slice off the top of the bread; hollow out the bottom half, leaving a 1-in. shell. (Discard removed bread or save for another use.)
  • 3. Drain 1/4 cup liquid from the fruit mixture; brush on inside of bread shell. In bottom of bread shell, layer half of the ham, 1-1/4 cups fruit mixture, cheese, remaining fruit mixture and remaining ham. Replace bread top and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  • 4. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Cut into wedges. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 447 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 998 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.