Muffuletta, which originated in New Orleans, is named after the round, crusty Sicilian loaf of bread it's traditionally served on. While I favor my own olive salad, there are several good versions available in most supermarkets. —Lou Sansevero, Ferron, Utah
In a large bowl, combine the first 14 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours.
Cut bread in half horizontally; carefully hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Spoon half the olive mixture over bottom half of bread. Layer with salami, ham, mortadella, Swiss and provolone; top with remaining olive mixture. Replace bread top. Wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut into 8 wedges.
What is a muffuletta?
Muffuletta is a traditional New Orleans sandwich featuring an olive salad (known as muffuletta olive salad or muffuletta spread), cold cuts and cheese. This crowd-sized treat is made on a large round loaf of bread and cut into wedges for sharing.
Can you use store-bought giardiniera instead of making it yourself?
Of course you can! Look for the Italian condiment packed with peppers, cauliflower, carrots and other crisp-tender in pickle or Italian section of your grocery store. Hot and mild varieties are available. If you’re interested in the basics of home canning, you can also make your own delicious giardiniera.
Do you have to let a muffuletta rest before cutting and serving?
Yes. Ideally, you wrap the sandwich tightly and refrigerate it for several hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to blend and lets your delicious olive spread soften the crispy loaf a little bit.
Should you serve a muffuletta hot or cold?
Most muffuletta sandwiches are served cold. This makes for easier cutting and tidier eating. Looking for more Louisiana flavors? Don’t miss our other New Orleans-inspired recipes perfect for Mardi Gras or any time of year.