These gigantic sandwiches were invented a century ago at Sicilian Deli here in New Orleans. The spicy, tangy olive salad is what really sets this meat and cheese sandwich apart. A genuine muffuletta should be made on oven-fresh Italian bread topped with sesame seeds. Be sure and use the highest-quality ingredients available; it really makes a difference! Since you're going to all the trouble of making the olive salad, consider doubling the recipe so you'll have some extra waiting around for when you get another muffuletta craving -- it keeps for at least a month! Note: Use round bread loaves for real muffuletta.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To Make Olive Salad: In a medium bowl, combine the green olives, kalamata olives, garlic, cauliflower, capers, celery, carrot, pepperoncini, cocktail onions, celery seed, oregano, basil, black pepper, vinegar, olive oil and canola oil. Mix together and transfer mixture into a glass jar (or other nonreactive container). If needed, pour in more oil to cover. Cover jar or container and refrigerate at least overnight.

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  • To Make Sandwiches: Cut loaves of bread in half horizontally; hollow out some of the excess bread to make room for filling. Spread each piece of bread with equal amounts olive salad, including oil. Layer 'bottom half' of each loaf with 1/2 of the salami, ham, mortadella, mozzarella and Provolone. Replace 'top half' on each loaf and cut sandwich into quarters.

  • Serve immediately, or wrap tightly and refrigerate for a few hours; this will allow for the flavors to mingle and the olive salad to soak into the bread.

Nutrition Facts

987.3 calories; protein 41.4g 83% DV; carbohydrates 63.2g 20% DV; fat 62.8g 97% DV; cholesterol 97.3mg 32% DV; sodium 3464.9mg 139% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a great muffuletta. I used red onion instead of the pickled onions and omitted the vegetable oil. I used only olive oil. It turned out great! This is totally authentic. You'll think you are in the Big Easy! Thanks Boo for a fantastic recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2009
This was good not great. I didnt care for the taste of the celery seed in the olive mixture. My husband liked it but I could taste it too much. I used a whole wheat bread that was okay with the recipe not quite as good as a white italian loaf would be but for health reasons I substituted. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 176
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
This is a great muffuletta. I used red onion instead of the pickled onions and omitted the vegetable oil. I used only olive oil. It turned out great! This is totally authentic. You'll think you are in the Big Easy! Thanks Boo for a fantastic recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
I am a New Orlean's Central Grocery Muffeletta fan. This recipe was great!! Almost as terrific as Central Grocery's version. Maybe better, because I made it fresh!! My husband and I savored every bite. My daughter liked it on a Hawaiin Bread Roll, with a sweetness to it. My son is not an olive fan. That's o.k., more for me to eat!! Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
I made this for Superbowl omitting the capers and mortadella. Delicious! My husband who was hesitant about the recipe just loved it. One hint make sure your olives are well drained and dried off with paper towels if you don't want the salad to taste too briny. This would be great to take on picnics or car trips as it can be made in advance and keeps well in the fridge otr a cooler. Thanks Boo! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2006
Boo baby ya done good. This is the best olive salad recipe I 've ever seen (and I live in N.O. where I can buy the real deal.) The reviewer who said she adds mustard -- well honey don't come to New Orleans and do that people will be appalled. My ONLY criticism -- we never EVER say "N'Awlins" here!!! Noo Awlins New Orlins New Or-le-unz yes the Crescent City okay but never that silly Frank Davis "Nat'rally Nawlins" contraction. I give this recipe five fleur-de-lis's! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
This was truly impressive in taste and presentation! Most people raved about it though the olive salad didn't suit a few of the others who wouldn't have liked it on anything else anyway. I was fortunate enough to get the round loaves made fresh the morning I needed them from the Italian grocery where I could purchase everything else. DEEELICIOUS! I read in the reference section that the original and best mortadella can be purchased only in Italy. Has anyone found this to have changed? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2003
The sandwich was very good. The olive spread is very similar to what you would find on Bourbon Street. I prepared the olive spread the night before to allow the flavors to blend. Made it for Superbowl Sunday and my friends loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
I have to say that I don't like olives at all but I wanted to try a real Muffuletta. I also have to say this is the best sandwich. The flavors were terrific. I took this to a Christmas party at work and everyone there also loved it. For those of you like me who don't like olives you have to try this. The flavors really blend and the olive taste isn't overpowering. 5 stars. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
The olive salad sure took a long time to make but it was easy and the taste of this sandwich... AMAZING! This was a big big hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
The olive salad was a huge hit at a tailgate party. I am making it again as a gift for family who loved it. As close to the original Central Grocery olive salad as I have tasted. A keeper! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2009
This was good not great. I didnt care for the taste of the celery seed in the olive mixture. My husband liked it but I could taste it too much. I used a whole wheat bread that was okay with the recipe not quite as good as a white italian loaf would be but for health reasons I substituted. Read More
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