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Traditional New Orleans Muffuletta

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This traditional New Orleans Muffuletta recipe is a favorite of ours. Layers of meats, cheese and a special olive salad piled high onto sturdy Italian bread.

Traditional New Orleans Muffuletta

  • Yield: 8-10
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 50 min


  • 16 oz. Jar green olives
  • 12 oz. Baby carrots
  • ½ cup Italian salad dressing
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 loaves of French or Italian bread
  • ½ pound Ham
  • ½ pound Pastrami
  • ¼ pound Sliced Pepperoni
  • ½ pound Provolone
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the green olives and the carrots in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Stir in the salad dressing and parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  4. Slice the bread horizontally and on one half, layer the meats, then the provolone and finish with the olive salad.
  5. Place the other half of the bread on top.
  6. Brush melted butter on top of the bread.
  7. Wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil and bake about 50 minutes.
  8. Remove the sandwich from the oven and before unwrapping, gently push down on the sandwich.
  9. Unwrap, slice and serve.

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I can vividly remember my first taste of a traditional New Orleans Muffuletta. It was at a place called Central Grocery in the French Quarter and I was probably between 12 and 13 years old. Our Sunday afternoon tradition was to stop at Central Grocery before going home after church so my mother could pick up her olive salad. This one particular time, she picked up a Muffuletta for us to share at home.

A Muffuletta is a Sicilian sandwich filled with Italian salami, ham and cheese and the key ingredient in a Muffuletta is the olive salad which is the sandwich’s signature trait.



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