Italian Muffuletta Sandwich


Italian Muffuletta Sandwich is a Sicilian sandwich that consists of a round loaf of Italian rustic bread filled with a mix of Italian meats and cheeses, fresh minced garlic, and dressed with a juicy olive salad. However, I decided to make this irresistible muffuletta sandwich even easier!

My muffuletta sandwich is made with the same rustic round bread, only it’s filled with a spread of olive tapenade, fire roasted red peppers, Italian salami, mortadella and provolone cheese.  Then I topped it with some fresh arugula and cut it into 4 wedges. This sandwich bursts with so much flavor, it was SO good, it disappeared as soon as I put it down on the table.

The thickness of this muffuletta sandwich will vary depending on how much cold cuts you stuff it with.
And it took less than 15 minutes to put it all together and serve.

I’m not one to make a homemade olive salad. Instead, I found it easier to make this hearty sandwich with a spread of an already prepared olive tapenade that I found at the local supermarket.  It worked perfectly!

Then, for more flavor, I added some fire roasted red peppers and topped it with fresh arugula.

The olive tapenade is a mixture of olives already prepared and dressed in a marinade of tangy, garlicky vinaigrette. The olive salad is the key ingredient that gives this sandwich its intense flavors with every bite.  And, the fire roasted red peppers along with the peppery flavor of the arugula compliment the rich cured meats in the sandwich.

My daughter Lizzie and my husband both said this sandwich was one of the best ones they have ever eaten!

It was SO delicious with so many flavors bursting in our mouths, we couldn’t stop eating it!

The muffuletta sandwich (pronounced as ‘moo-foo-Le-ta’) got its popular name in Sicily; and it’s the actual name for this particular round loaf of Italian bread.  Also, this sandwich is a classic in New Orleans, and gaining popularity up and down the east coast.

This is a very hearty sandwich and anyone who enjoys a super sub hero at times, will go bonkers for this one.  A great sandwich to serve on game-nights!

Try this one for the upcoming Super Bowl night.

Also, I added a recipe for the olive salad if anyone is interested in making it homemade. Or, you can buy a mixture of olives from an olive bar at your local grocery store and chop it up for this sandwich.

Either way, you’ll love it in the sandwich!

E’ delizioso!  …ENJOY!!

Italian Muffuletta Sandwich

  • 1 round loaf Italian bread (5 or 6-inch diameter) (I used rosemary-olive oil flavor bread)
  • 1 small container (7 ounce) mixed olive tapenade (I used Trader Joes)
  • 1/4 (or 1/2) pound sliced salami
  • 1/4 (or 1/2) pound sliced mortadella
  • 1/4 (or 1/2) pound sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup fire roasted red peppers
  • 2 cups of loosely packed arugula
Using a serrated knife, slice about 1-inch from the top of loaf. Split loaf horizontally, and scoop out some of the soft bread from the both halves, leaving a 1-inch thick shell. (Reserve the soft center of loaf for another use, if desired).
Spread half of the olive tapenade in bottom half, then layer with some pieces of fire roasted red peppers, then layer with mortadella, salami and provolone cheese. Spread remaining olive tapenade on top of the cheese, add more pieces of red peppers and top with fresh arugula. Place the top half of the loaf on top, and cut into 4 or 6 wedges. Serve.
Serves 4 to  6

Recipe for Homemade Olive Salad

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves- finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 10 large pitted green olives – chopped
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives – chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted bell peppers (about 2)
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. Stir in green olives, kalamata olives, roasted peppers and black pepper. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Olive Salad Recipe adapted from People Mag, Oct. 2016


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  • Reply
    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    January 31, 2017 at 3:19 am

    You are right. This is ne of my all time favorite sandwiches. It's the olive salad that gets me every time! Now my mouth is watering!

    • Reply
      January 31, 2017 at 3:32 am

      Thank you Abbe! My daughter doesn't care for olive salad, but she loved it in the sandwich. Have a great week!

  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    January 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I don't mind telling you that THIS is one of my favorite sandwiches ever. There used to be a restaurant in Chattanooga, TN that made the best muffuletta sandwich I've ever had. You could buy it in whole or half. I always wanted a whole sandwich so I could save half for later. I tried to create a veggie-only version and while it was good, it just can't replace all that delicious deli meat. This is a beautiful sandwich, gorgeous photos and now a craving that will be with me until I get another bite one day. The olive tapenade sends me over the moon! Thanks so much 🙂

  • Reply
    January 31, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I'm so glad to hear that Tricia! We love it so much, my husband asks me to make it for him every week. Your veggie version sounds interesting also- I will have to put that on my list of things to do!
    Thanks again. 🙂

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I hate to admit that I have never had a muffuletta sandwich! I can tell you that I love all of the flavors and adding arugula to a sandwich always makes it taste wonderful.

    • Reply
      February 2, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Sue, we highly recommend you making this sandwich -the flavors are off the charts!
      Let us know how you like it!

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