New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

Beginning in 1890, thousands of Sicilians began to immigrate to the United States in order to escape the poverty, punitive taxation, and anti-Sicilian policies of the government. Many thousands of Sicilians immigrated to New Orleans seeking a better life. In 1906, Lupo Salvatore decided to combine local and Italian ingredients into a sandwich. He decided to use muffuletta bread, because of its availability and ability to hold the filling without leaking. To make each sandwich, Lupo filled a whole muffuletta loaf with an olive salad and Italian meats and cheeses. He then wrapped the whole thing in paper and sold it as a muffuletta sandwich. The bread became the sandwich and the name came along with it.

Muffuletta Sandwich

This New Orleans classic combines a tangy olive salad with layers of thin-sliced Italian cold cuts and cheeses. The hearty round muffuletta bread is the ideal venue for this bold sandwich. If it's unavailable, use focaccia, or ciabatta, or even a sub roll.
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Course: Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, American Deep South, New Orleans, North American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Resting: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Olives, pitted
  • 1 tbsp Capers
  • ¼ cup Red red peppers, jar
  • 2 tbsp Parsley leaves
  • ½ cup Giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables), jar
  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Round muffuletta loaf (or other thick Italian bread loaf)
  • ½ lb Soppressata salami, sliced thin (or Genoa salami)
  • ½ lb Mortadella, sliced thin (or bologna)
  • ½ lb Capicola ham, sliced thin (or any ham)
  • ½ lb Provolone cheese, sliced thin

Instructions

  • Make Olive Salad – In the bowl of a food processor, combine olives, capers, peppers, parsley, giardiniera, and garlic, Pulse to chop into small ¼-inch chunks remain. Transfer to a bowl and stir in vinegar and olive oil. Cover and place in refrigerator so flavors can meld.
  • Assemble Muffuletta – One hour before serving, split muffuletta loaf in half horizontally . Spread olive salad with any juices generously over bottom. Then, in order, layer ½ of the soppressata slices, followed by ½ of the mortadella, ½ capicola, and ½ provolone slices. Repeat with the remaining halves, Fish with bread top and press down to compress. For best flavor, wrap tightly in paper or plastic and let rest for 1 hour. Cut into 4 triangles and serve with chips and a pickle spear.

Notes

  • Different cold cuts may be substituted. But note- the original flavors will diminish with each substitution. 

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