Muffuletta Sandwich

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We use smaller loafs for parties.

We popped into the ever so famous Oakville Grocery in Napa Valley, a stop that is long known for gourmet treats, from amazing sandwiches to delicious pastries.  Since we were mid-way through a long visit out west and had countless amazing and fancy meals, I was ready for something very casual, looked up on the sandwich board and saw a Muffuletta  and ordered it immediately.  It was amazing, the olive spread and the meats all worked together with a soft roll that had been hallowed out.

I wanted to make the sandwich at home but really could not come up with a reason to go buy all the meats and make the olive spread just for myself.  So, I came up with the gigantic version that can be served at a casual gathering, pool party, office lunch, appetizer or however you choose.

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Slice the sandwiches up an have them ready for the start of a party.

Serves: 1 giant sandwich or 4 smaller loafs

Ingredients 

  • 1 large soft fresh loaf of bread, hallow out the top and bottom (from you baker)
  • 1 cup of green olives, pitted and rough chopped (look for Bella di Cerignola)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and rough chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of red bell pepper, roasted, see Roast Red Peppers
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound mortedella
  • 1/4 pound Genoa salami
  • 1/4 pound baked ham
  • 1/4 pound provolone cheese

Making It

  • Make the olive spread by combining the green & kalamata olives, garlic, red onion, roasted red bell pepper, vinegar, olive oil, red pepper flakes, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Let rest for at least two hours so the flavors come together
  • Once you hallow out the bread layer the bottom with provolone, then the ham, salami, mortadella, and another lawyer of provolone, top with the olive mix, put the bread top on and slice the sandwich and serve

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