New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich – A monster of a sandwich piled high with multiple types of meat and cheese, and a perky olive salad.

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New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

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 guttural 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 say that without any shame.

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

Making a New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich |

What Is A Muffuletta?

Muffulettas are a true New Orleans creation.

It’s a large double meat, double cheese sandwich with the mother of all sauces on top.

Actually, it’s not a sauce at all. The topping is an olive salad that is dumped over generously piled deli favorites, then covered with bread in hopes it will stay on.

The name “muffuletta” comes from the style of Italian bread 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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How Do You Make A Muffuletta Sandwich?

First mix the Olive Salad, made with:

  • Green olives
  • Giardiniera mix
  • Cocktail onions
  • Capers
  • Banana peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Italian seasoning
  • Pepper

Then pile the salami, ham, provolone, swiss cheese, on gloriousrustic Italian bread!

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My Take On A Muffuletta Recipe

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.

This sandwich is meant to be a BIG sandwich, and big sandwiches are meant to be messy.

In fact, part of the fun of eating a New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich 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 throw caution to the wind, and open wide for an enormous bite!

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New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

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

Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 1436 Calories from Fat 990
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 110g 169%
Saturated Fat 40g 200%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 4651mg 194%
Potassium 651mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 110g 37%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 31g
Protein 51g 102%
Vitamin A 52.8%
Vitamin C 16.7%
Calcium 63.7%
Iron 21.1%
* 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


For the Olive Salad:
  1. 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!

For the New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich:
  1. Slice the loaf of bread in half to make a top and bottom for the sandwich. Hollow out some of the bread on the top half, so it won’t be too tall to fit in your mouth.

  2. Drizzle some of the olive salad juice on the bottom half of the loaf. Layer the ham, provolone, salami, and swiss cheese on the sandwich.

  3. 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

I try to select a giardiniera mix 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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20 comments on “New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

  1. Toniposted March 6, 2019 at 9:05 am Reply

    It was really delicious! My kids can’t wait for me to make it again!

  2. Suzyposted March 5, 2019 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Love this unique sandwich!

  3. Emilyposted March 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Made this for Fat Tuesday and loved it!

  4. Lizposted March 5, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply

    Just like I remember eating in New Orleans! Delicious!

  5. Bethposted March 5, 2019 at 9:37 am Reply

    These are one of our very favorite sandwiches. I think we have made them three times in the last month!

  6. Marie Czarneckiposted March 3, 2019 at 11:58 pm Reply

    No, I did not make it yet, but it looks great, and will…

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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

    Love the filling in this sandwich! Yum!

  10. 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!

  11. 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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  13. 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 :)

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

    wow!! lovely collection of moth watering dishes :)

  15. 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!

  16. 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!!

  17. 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!

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

    this looks yummy :)

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

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

  20. 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!