Just like you would get in New Orleans. Try this Incredible, Authentic Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe. Plus, read all of the tips to make the perfect sandwich!
Making the perfect sandwich is a skill no matter what anyone says. Finding just the right combination of condiments, meats, cheese, and bread to make your taste buds dance is a talent that creates joy for the person eating it. This Authentic Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe has just the right combination of everything you need to make a fantastic sandwich and has the power to transport you to the streets of New Orleans with a flavor pallet that is one of a kind.
What is a Muffuletta Sandwich?
This sandwich was initially created at the Central Grocery in New Orleans when the enterprising owner suggested that customers place their typical lunch of sliced cured meat and preserved vegetables inside the bread instead of alongside it. Now, this sandwich can now be found all over the city of New Orleans and throughout sandwich shops in the US.
Local bakeries to New Orleans are the only place you are going to find TRUE Muffuletta bread, but for those of us around the country, we have to make do with other delicious breads for this sandwich. Your best bet is looking for a wide, round loaf of ciabatta or Italian bread. Added bonus if you can find one covered in sesame seeds.
Where to Find Olive Salad?
Muffuletta Sandwiches are one of those foods that gets better as it sits. This fact makes it the perfect party food! Make a few sandwiches, wrap them up, and slice them open as needed. Late-arriving guests will enjoy the best bites. Great for prepping things ahead for a party too!
Mortadella is not easy to find in typical grocery stores. A cured pork embedded with pieces of fat, the closest substitute is common bologna. But don’t be skeptical. It tastes fantastic in this combination.
Stack it right
Also, it is easier to make this sandwich if you stack everything on one side EXCEPT for the final layer of meat. Place the salami on the opposite side to help hold the olive salad in place as you invert the sandwich half onto the other side.
The right tool for the job
This sandwich is easier to slice with a serrated bread knife. To prepare this for a picnic or potluck, slice into portions and rewrap each part in plastic wrap.
- 1 10 to 12 inch loaf round bread topped with sesame seeds sliced in half horizontally
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup olive salad
- 12 to 24 slices black forest ham
- 12 slices provolone cheese
- 12 to 24 slices mortadella or bologna
- 12 slices mozzarella
- 12 to 24 slices salami
- Open bread on a large surface like a cutting board. Remove some of the inner bread to create room for the stack of meats and cheeses.
- Brush the open sides on each half of bread with olive oil. Spread olive salad over the olive oil on both pieces of bread.
- On the bottom half of the sandwich, begin layering the ham, provolone, mortadella or bologna, and mozzarella.
- On the opposite (tohalf of the sandwich, place the salami over the olive salad. Using the salami to help hold the olive salad in place, invert the top and place on the bottom.
- Press the sandwich down and secure with plastic wrap. Remove plastic wrap before serving.
- The sandwich can be stored overnight (covered with plastic wrap needed or sliced and served immediately.