Classic New Orleans Muffuletta
Layers and layers and MORE LAYERS of delicious Italian salami, mortadella, cappicolla along with more serious layers of Italian provolone and mozzarella cheeses . . . and all stuffed between two thick slices of freshly baked bread! What could top that in a sandwich? Adding an Italian olive salad, roasted red peppers, and more!
The classic New Orleans Muffuletta was created from all of these Italian deli goodies.
Muffulettas require a huge appetite and a big mouth to engulf each of the layers in one single bite.
Lots of napkins are in order . . . possibly even a bib!
And that’s what you call a sandwich . . . nothing pansy about this sandwich. One that certainly wouldn’t be served at tea time!
First created in 1906 by Italian immigrant, Salvatore Lupe, for Central Grocery located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the muffuletta is a classic favorite that is enjoyed by both natives and visitors alike. The classic New Orleans Muffuletta is a must food indulgence when in The Big Easy!
This legendary sandwich is literally a huge monster . . . so be prepared to open wide!
Beside the amount of Italian meats and cheeses layered in this brilliant creation, is another star of the show: the olive salad!
This can either be prepared by hand ahead of time or purchased. Even directly from Central Grocery in New Orleans, which is what I did since I believe in authentic anything.
Since this is where the original muffuletta came from, it was the olive salad I chose.
What I did differently to make this sandwich a little bit better and more unique to my kitchen, was add a layer of prosciutto, a layer of sopprasetta, a thick layer of roasted red peppers, a layer of sliced hot banana peppers, and a layer of hot pepperoncini in the middle.
Layers and layers of Italian yumminess!
For an inviting presentation for guests to dig in, this a great way to serve Muffulettas on a smaller scale for a party!
Classic New Orleans Muffuletta
- ¼ lb. ham
- ¼ lb. sopprasetta
- ¼ lb. Genoa salami
- ¼ lb. mortadella
- ¼ lb. hot cappicolla
- ⅛ lb. prosciutto
- 8 oz. provolone cheese, sliced
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 4 roasted red peppers (jarred or fresh)
- ¼ cup sliced banana peppers (jarred)
- ¼ cup sliced hot pepperoncini (jarred)
- 16 oz. olive salad (freshly made or jarred)
- 1 loaf of round Italian sourdough bread, focaccia, or ciabatta
- Pre-heat oven to 400 F degrees.
- Warm the bread loaf in oven to desired heat.
- Cut warm loaf of bread in half with a long serrated knife.
- Generously spread a layer of the olive salad on the top of the bottom half.
- Begin layering each type of meat: ham, soprasetta, genoa salami.
- Then place a thick layer of provolone next.
- Then place a layer of roasted red peppers.
- Sprinkle a layer of sliced banana peppers.
- Sprinkle a layer of sliced pepperoncini.
- Layer on the next meats: mortadella, hot cappicolla, prosciutto.
- Spread another thick layer of olive salad on top.
- Place top half of warm bread on the top.
- Gently press down on top of the sandwich.
- Wrap in aluminum foil and warm for 15 - 30 minutes ----- if desired.
- Or serve cold.
- Cut into half with a long serrated knife or an electric knife (which I find is easier).
- Then cut into quarters.
- This large sandwich serves 4 people.
Here are some other Mardis Gras recipe ideas that caught my eye on the web:
Muffaletta Pasta Salad from Home is Where the Boat Is
Hot Pepperoni Muffuletta Dip from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
For Mardis Gras, here are some amazing Bananas Foster Cupcakes for dessert!
o Roz, this is killing me!!! I am on a low carb diet..but now I want to end it and go grab this for the lunch! It looks amazingly delicious and inviting!
I understand about those nasty but delicious carbs!
Great looking muffuletta Roz – I like your additions.
It was SO-O-O-O good Larry! Even my husband, Bill enjoyed it despite his dislike for deli – meats!
One of my favorite sandwiches….made even better!!!
Mine too, Marsha! I’d be so honored to make and share a muffuletta with you!
Oh, these are to die for!A warm hug
Grazie mille, Chiara! I agree, awesome Italian sandwiches!
Now that is one, glorious sandwich! You did New Orleans proud, Roz. Now i’m hungry. 😉
Grazie, John! I appreciate your kind words immensely!
This looks better than any muffaletta sandwich I ate in New Orleans. Beautifully tempting photos Roz.
You’re so sweet Linda! I have admit, that this muffuletta was amazing!
Oh boy, this is one of those things I dream about eating if I ever find myself in New Orleans. This looks just perfect. How can is possibly not satisfy!
Whatever you put in this classic New Orleans sammie is simply delish, Monica . . . it’s the olive relish that is truly the secret to success!
Oh my gosh, that looks amazing, Roz. You really did a great job on this one.
Thanks so much, Susan. We devoured it! I will make it again and again!
Oh my…the way to a man’s heart is making him that sandwich. 😀
I agree, Karen! But it made it to my heart before my (skeptical) husband’s! But with one bite, he was smitten!
I have always wanted to try a muffuletta sandwich. I’ve never tasted one, but I have seen them, and they look so good. Yours looks like the best one I’ve ever seen! I love olives so that olive salad must take this sandwich over the top, let alone all of the other yummy meats and goodies. The picture where you put the sandwich on skewers is so cool. What a great idea for a party. My mom would really like this, too. I have to make it for her. Thanks so much for sharing this incredible sandwich, Roz! Pinning to make soon!
This was a first for us too, Shari, in terms of actually making a mufuletta sandwich. We devoured these huge babies, and my husband, who doesn’t care at all of deli meats, just inhaled these!
I remember this sandwich Roz. I’ve pinned and will be making the muffuletta cut into small pieces to take to a party. 🙂
O M G ! Perfect Saturday lunch ! Grazie milla !
You nailed it Roz! I’ve had a few New Orleans Muffulettas and they looked just like yours. I’m not a big sandwich person, but I do love these. Your pictures make me want to run out and get the ingredients to make your sandwich. Happy Mardi Gras!