Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta


Experience the heart and soul of New Orleans with this authentic Muffuletta recipe. This iconic sandwich, filled with an array of Italian cold cuts, cheeses, and a tangy olive salad, captures the vibrant flavors of the Big Easy. Perfect for picnics, game days, or a casual lunch, this Muffuletta will transport your taste buds straight to the French Quarter.

Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1/4 sandwich

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 640
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 1750mg


  • For the Olive Salad:

    • 100g (3.5 oz) green olives, pitted and chopped
    • 100g (3.5 oz) black olives, pitted and chopped
    • 50g (1.75 oz) roasted red peppers, chopped
    • 50g (1.75 oz) celery, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
    • 50ml (1.7 fl oz) olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Sandwich:

    • 1 large round loaf of Italian bread or Muffuletta bread (about 25cm/10 inches in diameter)
    • 100g (3.5 oz) mortadella, thinly sliced
    • 100g (3.5 oz) salami, thinly sliced
    • 100g (3.5 oz) ham, thinly sliced
    • 100g (3.5 oz) provolone cheese, thinly sliced
    • 100g (3.5 oz) mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Method of Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chopped green and black olives, roasted red peppers, celery, garlic, and capers.
  2. Add olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, basil, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Cut the round loaf of bread in half horizontally.
  5. Spread half of the olive salad evenly over the bottom half of the bread.
  6. Layer the mortadella, salami, ham, provolone, and mozzarella on top of the olive salad.
  7. Spread the remaining olive salad on the top half of the bread.
  8. Place the top half of the bread over the layered meats and cheeses to form a sandwich.
  9. Press down firmly to compact the sandwich. For best results, wrap the sandwich tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  10. Unwrap the sandwich and cut into quarters. Serve at room temperature.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Bread Choice: Authentic Muffuletta bread is key. If unavailable, use a round Italian loaf with a dense crust.
  • Pressing the Sandwich: Pressing the sandwich helps the flavors meld. Use a heavy skillet or pan to press it while it refrigerates.
  • Make Ahead: The sandwich can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. This allows the flavors to develop even more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use different meats?
  • Yes, you can substitute or add other deli meats such as turkey or pastrami.
What if I don't have Muffuletta bread?
  • You can use a large round Italian loaf or any dense, crusty bread.
How long can I store the sandwich?
  • The assembled sandwich can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Indulge in the rich, savory experience of an Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta. With each bite, you'll savor the harmonious blend of Italian meats, cheeses, and zesty olive salad. Perfect for sharing with friends and family, this sandwich brings a taste of New Orleans to your table. Enjoy!