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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!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 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


  • 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.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 378 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 1103mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • WisGirl
    Mar 3, 2014

    Olive spread was excellent, not too oily unlike some store bought.

  • KiskiCook
    Jun 27, 2011

    This was such a hit with our gaming crowd! Instead of a round sourdough loaf, I used a long ciabatta loaf (fresh from the bakery so it's nice and soft) so I could cut two- or three-inch sections for sharing. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • AlabamaStoneThrower
    Sep 29, 2010

    By far, the BEST Muffuletta I've eaten!! Will DEFINITELY be making this again for my family!!

  • Lwag1955
    May 28, 2010

    This is one of the best sandwiches that I have ever tasted. My family didn't even leave a crumb!