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Italian Muffuletta Sandwich

Italian Muffuletta Sandwich by 2sistersrecipes.com



Italian Muffuletta Sandwich is a Sicilian sandwich that usually 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 and more flavorful!

Italian 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.  Plus, this sandwich is a classic in New Orleans, and is gaining popularity up and down the east coast.

My version of this amazing sandwich is made with the same rustic round bread, only it’s made fast and easier just by changing up a few ingredients.

 

 

 

Italian Muffuletta Sandwich by 2sistersrecipes.com

This Italian muffuletta sandwich is filled with a spread of olive tapenade, fire roasted red peppers, Italian salami, mortadella and provolone cheese.  Then it’s topped with some fresh arugula to add some healthy greens in there.

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

 

 

 

The olive salad is the key ingredient to giving this sandwich its intense flavors and textures with every bite.  So don’t leave it out.  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 chopped olive tapenade I found at the local supermarket.  The olive tapenade is a mixture of chopped olives and dressed in a tangy and garlicky vinaigrette, making it a breeze to add to this sandwich!

And it worked perfectly!

Then, for more flavor, the fire roasted red peppers was added along with the peppery flavor of the arugula to compliment the rich cured meats in the sandwich.  Surprisingly, all the favors worked really well together!

 

 

 

Italian muffuletta sandwich bursts with so much flavor, it is SO good, it disappears as soon as I put it down on the table.

Trust me! It’s deeply delicious with so many flavors bursting in our mouths, we couldn’t stop eating it!

A wonderful and very hearty sandwich for anyone to enjoy.  It’s a definite crowd-pleaser and a great sandwich to serve all year long, especially on game-nights!

Oh and in case you’re interested in making your own homemade olive salad, I’ve added an additional recipe for that below.  You can also use a simple mixture of olives for this sandwich and buy a variety of them at any olive bar from your local grocery store and chop them yourself!

Either way, you’ll love it in the sandwich!  E’ delizioso!  …ENJOY!!

 

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Italian Muffuletta Sandwich by 2sistersrecipes.com



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.


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.

That’s it friend!

 

Italian Muffuletta Sandwich
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Recipe type: Sandwich / Dinner or Lunch
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Serves: 4 to 6
 
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 and topped with fire roasted red peppers and fresh arugula.
Ingredients
  • 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)
  • ¼ (or ½) pound sliced salami
  • ¼ (or ½) pound sliced mortadella
  • ¼ (or ½) pound sliced provolone cheese
  • ½ cup fire roasted red peppers
  • 2 cups of loosely packed arugula
Instructions
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Spread remaining olive tapenade on top of the cheese, add more pieces of red peppers and top with fresh arugula.
  4. Place the top half of the loaf on top, and cut into 4 or 6 wedges. Serve.
  5. Serves 4 to 6
Notes
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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6 Comments

  • 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
      annaliz
      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
    annaliz
    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. 🙂

  • Reply
    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
      annaliz
      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!
      Xo

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