New Orleans Muffuletta

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There are times in life when one craves a sandwich.

Sometimes it’s more than just a craving or even a hankering… It’s a deeply-rooted gutteral urge for a sloppy, meaty, two-handed, got-to-SQUEEZE-to-fit-in-your-mouth kind of sandwich.

A man’s sandwich. The likes of which we girls shy away from in fear of judging eyes. I had that kind of hunger this week. I can say that without any shame.

Luckily, I have the cure for such a ravenous appetite. It’s called a New Orleans Muffuletta.

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Muffulettas are a true New Orleans creation.

A large double meat, double cheese sandwich with the mother of all sauces on top.

Actually, it’s not a sauce at all. It’s an olive salad that is dumped over top of generously piled deli favorites, then covered with bread in hopes it will stay on. The name “muffuletta” comes from the style of Italian loaf used, and there is quite a discrepancy in how it is pronounced.

Some say Moo-full-otta or Moof-oo-letta… I say Muff-all-etta… You be the judge.

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I have seen New Orleans Muffuletta recipes with a tidy tapenade, minced until almost obliterated, as to spread it across the bread.

I have no intentions of offending these sandwich makers, but I think they are missing the point.

The New Orleans Muffuletta is meant to be a BIG sandwiche, and big sandwiches are meant to be messy.

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In fact, part of the fun of eating a New Orleans Muffuletta is using your fingers to eat all the runaways that fall onto your plate! Therefore, I say make a chunky olive salad, with pieces large enough for a half-blind granny to identify!

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As we ate our New Orleans Muffuletta this week, my non-olive eating son said, “What’s in this that makes it soooo good?” You could see the olives hanging out of his sandwich and all over his plate, but he didn’t care.

Something about a muffuletta makes you through caution to the wind, and open wide for an enormous bite!

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5 from 2 votes

New Orleans Muffuletta

Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Amazing New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich. A monster of a sandwich piled high with multiple meats and cheeses, and a perky olive salad.

Servings: 4
Nutrition Facts
New Orleans Muffuletta
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 1383 Calories from Fat 1044
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 116g 178%
Saturated Fat 33g 165%
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 6488mg 270%
Potassium 682mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 95g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 65g 130%
Vitamin A 79.2%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 96.5%
Iron 16.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Olive Salad:
  • 7 ounces small green olives (1 jar)
  • 16 ounces giardiniera mix, roughly chopped (1 jar)
  • 3 ounces cocktail onions, roughly chopped (1 jar)
  • 2 ounces capers
  • 1/4 cup chopped banana peppers or pepperoncinis
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
For the New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich:
  • 1 loaf Italian bread, round
  • 1/2 pound deli sliced ham
  • 1/2 pound deli sliced salami
  • 1/2 pound sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced swiss cheese


  1. For the Olive Salad: Drain the brined ingredients. Roughly chop the cocktail onions, giardiniera mix and banana peppers. Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside while preparing the rest of the sandwich. The longer it sits, the better!
  2. Slice the loaf of bread in half to make a top and bottom of the sandwich. Hollow out some of the bread on the top half, so it won’t be too tall to fit in your mouth.
  3. Drizzle some of the olive salad juice on the bottom half of the loaf. Layer the ham, provolone, salami, and swiss on the sandwich.
  4. Top the meats and cheeses with a generous portion of olive salad and add the bread top. Or live adventurously... Fill the hollowed-out bread top with salad, place the bottom half over it, and FLIP! Cut into pieces and serve.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: I try to select a giardiniera that is prominently red peppers and cauliflower.

Also, select a round italian loaf of bread with a dense texture. Soft french loaves won't hold up to the weight of the filling.

The olive salad will make twice as much as you need for one big sandwich. You can either make two sandwiches and serve more guests, or save the rest for later. It’s great as a green salad topper or with an antipasto platter. I just like to make a large batch, rather than have extra half-empty jars in the fridge!

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14 comments on “New Orleans Muffuletta

  1. Nathanposted August 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm Reply

    If I hadn’t just devoured a bowl of gumbo for lunch, I would be making this right now! Definitely going to be making this!

  2. Whitefish_Bay_Dishposted August 26, 2016 at 7:36 pm Reply

    One of my favorite sandwiches – just need to add mortadella to it and you are set. Great for football Sundays when the gang is over. Had it first in New Orleans and made it when back home and wowed the friends! If you have a good Italian deli/bakery in town like Milwaukee does you can buy the muffuletta bread round fresh.

  3. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Love the filling in this sandwich! Yum!

  4. Jess Wright @ The Cookbook Obsessionposted August 26, 2016 at 11:11 am Reply

    I just love the way you describe this sandwich! It is making my mouth water….like Homer Simpson kinda of water and drool. Not ashamed, this looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it.
    Great post and awesome recipe!

  5. Nadiaposted August 26, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply

    Looks amazing.  Not sure how I will be able to open my mouth wide enough though,  but I am going to try. 

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  7. Pudding Pie Laneposted March 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm Reply

    Who knew that sandwhiches could be so interesting! This looks amazing, I really want to try those cheeses in my lunch tomorrow now :)

  8. Spicy-Indiaposted April 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm Reply

    wow!! lovely collection of moth watering dishes :)

  9. lauraposted April 23, 2010 at 2:08 am Reply

    This looks delicious… Brian loves muffalettas – he will be happy to know I now have a homemade recipe!

  10. Shamrocks and Shenanigansposted April 17, 2010 at 12:26 am Reply

    This is my all time favorite sandwich and I am practically the only person in the house that likes it (I mean the mister will eat anything)
    There is just something about the olive salad that just makes this sandwich!!

  11. Ladyberdposted April 16, 2010 at 11:02 am Reply

    Love it – I've been thinking of trying to make these. Had them years ago when I went to NOLA and loved it – thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. Cherineposted April 16, 2010 at 7:04 am Reply

    this looks yummy :)

  13. citronetvanilleposted April 16, 2010 at 4:12 am Reply

    That is a gorgeous sandwich, never tasted it while in NOLA, but looks absolutely incredible!

  14. Lazaro Cooks!posted April 15, 2010 at 3:06 am Reply

    Great post. The sandwich looks awesome. New Orleans is an amazing food city. I've had my share of muffaletta's. Great photos. Cheers!