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Recipe Category: Snacks » Savouries » Sandwiches

Mighty Muffuletta

The muffuletta is surely one of the world’s greatest sandwiches. I have fond memories of getting our taxi to stop at the Central Grocery store in New Orleans on our way to the airport to pick one up before we left that vibrant city. This layered wonder is perfect picnic food and it’s worth making extra Olive Salad to keep in the fridge, for sandwich emergencies!

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus 30 min standing)
  • 1 round Italian style bread
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 1/2 cups Olive Salad*
  • 100g thinly sliced smoked ham
  • 100g thinly sliced sopressa
  • 100g thinly sliced mortadella
  • 150g thinly sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup continental parsley leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cut the bread loaf in half horizontally and remove some of the centre (use to make fresh breadcrumbs). Drizzle both sides of the bread with olive oil and some of the Olive Salad vinegar. Place 1/2 cup Olive Salad on the bottom half of the bread and layer with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, remaining Olive Salad and parsley leaves. Season with pepper and place other bread half on top. Wrap and weigh down with a heavy frypan for at least 30 minutes to compress the sandwich. Serve cut into quarters.

*OLIVE SALAD - Makes 3 1/2 cups

Combine together and store refrigerated:

350g jar Giardiniera mixed pickles & vinegar, chopped
1 cup green pitted olives, chopped
1 cup pitted black Kalamata olives, chopped
2 tablespoons capers
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 19/07/2020