THE MUFFALETTA! - [muhf-fuh-LEHT-tuh]

The Muffaletta is a Southern dish, with Italian ingredients, served in the French Quarter of an American melting pot famous for it's Creole, Spanish and African cultures, better known as New Orleans. Now there's a mouth full!!
photo by lepetitechef.com
A staple in New Orleans since the early 1900s, the legendary Muffaletta was created at Decatur Street's Central Grocery, still standing today. 

Muffuletta is actually a Sicilian word for a special round loaf of bread, baked so that the center is hollow and can be stuffed. Since a real one is hard to find in the U.S., Muffulettas are usually made with a round Italian loaf  that you cab hollow out yourself.

The olive salad is what sets the Muffuletta apart from other sandwiches. Instead of mustard or mayo, these three ingredients: green olives, black olives, and chopped vegetables are factors that elevate the "Muff" to a level of it's very own.

Here's a Muffaletta recipe sent to S365 earlier this month by Lynn at her blog "The Life Of A Foodie and Her Family"  (photo not included): Click to see recipe

1 1/2 cup quality pimento-stuffed olives, crushed or coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, crushed or coarsely chopped (standard black olives may be used)
1 cup giardiniera (Italian pickled salad including cauliflower , carrots, celery, and onion. This can be found in the pickle aisle at the grocery store.)
2 pepperoncinis, chopped
2 Tbsp. capers, chopped
2 large stalks celery, finely chopped
3-4 fresh cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh Italian parsley, chopped
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 cup quality extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Combine ingredients and place in a jar with lid. Refrigerate over night (24 hours is best) to allow flavors to mingle. I made this first thing on Saturday morning.

1 10 inch round Italian bread, not sliced
1/4 pound mozzarella cheese
1/4 pound provolone cheese
1/4 pound ham
1/4 pound hard salami
1/4 pound mortadella

To assemble the sandwich, I sliced the loaf in half. Layered on the meat then cheeses. On the top half of the bread I scooped out some of the bread and spread a generous amount of the olive salad. Then put the top on the sandwich. I sliced it into 10 wedges for our guests. I have a lot of olive salad left over.


  1. During our trip to NOLA and the trip home, I ate 1 1/2 Central Grocery muffs and enjoyed every bite. I brought home a quart of their olive salad in hopes of making a close clone and thanks to this recipe, I have a place to begin.

  2. OOOh this looks good! This is like a power sandwich!

  3. First time i ever heard of a muffaletta was while watching an epi of throwdown and B. Flay made his with *gasp* mayo!
    I have never had one but i think i would like it... a lot!

  4. Thanks for the brief history on the muffaletta. I remember just seeing the sheer size of it on Everyday Italian. Perhaps I will eat it soon considering I've postponed my diet once again

  5. Firstly, that bread looks really fantastic. That's the key to getting a great sandwich in my opinion! But add those ingredients..olives and cheese and what not...that's a first class sandwich indeed :)

  6. Love Central Grocery and their muffulettas! Now I feel like driving over there, but think I'll just settle for a Seafood Muffaletta at a nearby restaurant!

  7. Hey Keri...just wanted to say I love all of your movie and celebrity sandwich references. Maybe there should be a blog just about food in movies??? What an idea...

  8. This sounds interesting! I have always wanted to know more aboue Creolean dishes! Thanks for sharing Keri :)1

  9. I would love this with a tall glass of sweet tea. What a sandwich!

  10. Oh boy oh boy oh boy does this look good!

  11. Oh my - reminds me of home. *sigh*


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