Real N'awlins Muffuletta


A genuine muffuletta should be made on oven-fresh round Italian bread loves topped with sesame seeds. The spicy, tangy olive salad is what really sets this meat and cheese sandwich apart. These gigantic sandwiches were invented a century ago at Sicilian Deli here in New Orleans. Be sure to use high-quality ingredients as it really makes a difference!

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins

The muffuletta, the classic New Orleans sandwich, is surprisingly easy to make at home. This muffuletta recipe — complete with flavorful cold cuts, sliced cheese, and homemade olive spread — is authentically delicious.

Close up on a stack of real n'awlins muffuletta.

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What Is a Muffuletta?

A muffuletta is both a type of sandwich invented by Italian immigrants in New Orleans and the type of bread it's served on. A muffuletta consists of a halved muffuletta loaf with deli meats (usually salami, ham, and mortadella) and olive spread. The large sandwich is cut into quarters, so one loaf of bread produces at least four servings.

What Meats are On Muffulettas?

This traditional muffuletta is made with genoa salami, mortadella, and sliced cooked ham.

What Else Will You Need?

Muffulettas are made with Italian bread (use store-bought or make your own), cheese mozzarella and provolone) and olive salad. For the homemade olive salad, you'll need: green and kalamata olives, pepperoncini, pickled cauliflower, cocktail onions, garlic, capers, celery, carrots, spices, olive oil, canola oil, and red wine vinegar.

Real N'awlins Muffuletta

How to Make a Muffuletta at Home

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make muffulettas at home: Make the olive salad, assemble the sandwiches, and cut into quarters. If you have time, let the muffulettas sit in the fridge for an hour or two to allow the flavors to meld and the olive juice to soak into the bread.

Tip: 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.

What to Serve With Muffulettas

Make it a meal by pairing your homemade muffulettas with French fries, a cup of gumbo, or one of our best Cajun Side Dishes. Try one of these tasty options:

· Cajun Corn and Bacon Maque Choux
· Fried Okra
· Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Perfect," raves GoldenEye. "Exactly like having muffuletta in New Orleans! It was so good and I made another one the next week!"

"This is awesome," according to Kelli H. "Great flavor and texture. Best the second day. If I'm going to eat it the same day, I make it in the a.m. and let it soak up the dressing all day. Definitely a must-have in my recipe box!"

"This was absolutely incredible," says one Allrecipes community member. "It's extremely flavorful and surprisingly easy to make. By far the best olive spread I've ever had. I can't wait to make it for company!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


Olive Salad:

  • 1 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, crushed

  • ½ cup drained kalamata olives, crushed

  • ½ cup pepperoncini, drained

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped pickled cauliflower florets

  • ¼ cup marinated cocktail onions

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons drained capers

  • 1 tablespoon chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon chopped carrot

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar


  • 2 (1 pound) loaves Italian bread

  • 8 ounces thinly sliced Genoa salami

  • 8 ounces thinly sliced cooked ham

  • 8 ounces sliced mortadella

  • 8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese

  • 8 ounces sliced provolone cheese


  1. Make the olive salad: Roughly chop together green olives, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, cauliflower, cocktail onions, garlic, capers, celery, and carrot.

  2. Combine with oregano, basil, black pepper, and celery seed in a medium bowl. Add in olive oil, canola oil, and vinegar. Mix together and transfer the mixture into a glass jar (or other nonreactive container). Pour in more oil to cover if needed.

    Overhead of an olive salad mixture in a glass bowl.

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  3. Cover jar or container and refrigerate at least 8 hours to overnight.

    Overhead of an olive salad mixture in a mason jar.

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  4. Make the sandwiches: Cut loaves of bread in half horizontally; hollow out some of the excess bread to make room for filling.

    Overhead of four slices of bread with hallowed out centers.

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  5. Spread each piece of bread with equal amounts of the olive salad, including oil.

    Overhead of slices of bread filled with olive salad mixture.

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  6. Layer bottom half of each loaf with 1/2 of the salami, ham, mortadella, mozzarella, and Provolone slices.

    Overhead of four slices of bread with the top two covered in olive salad and the bottom tow covered in salami and cheese.

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  7. Replace top half on each loaf and cut the sandwiches into quarters.

    Overhead of two sandwiches on a counter.

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    Overhead of a sandwich on a cutting board sliced into quarters.

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  8. 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 (per serving)

987 Calories
63g Fat
63g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 987
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 63g 81%
Saturated Fat 19g 97%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 3465mg 151%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 575mg 44%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 482mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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