The N’orleans Muffuletta

One of the most craved sandwiches from New Orleans is the Muffuletta, created by Signor Lupo Salvatore, who owned the Central Grocery at 923 Decatur Street, which is where local Sicilian venders would come for lunch.

The Orginal New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe |

It was tradition to eat each of their items separately, but they had a hard time trying to balance their food on a tray on their laps.

Salvatore experimented with breads and found the Muffuletta was just right to combine all of the items as a sandwich, thus making it easier to eat. The combination of bread, salami, ham, cheese, and olive salad became a hit.

When I first went to the Central Grocery to try out their famous Muffuletta, I was a little put aside to see the line of people. I decided I was there so I would wait.

I am glad I did.

I ordered the whole sandwich, not knowing how big it was. I could not eat half of it, much less the whole thing but I was thankful for the leftovers because it was even better later. It had time to mix all the juices together and create a magnificent taste sensation for my mouth.

The Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe |

Over the years I have made my own Muffulettas and Olive Salads. I have seen many recipes but to truly experience it, you really need to try the real thing. For those of us who can’t run to New Orleans for lunch, I have provided a basic recipe based off the original that I like to use.

The Original New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe |
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Sandwhich Material
  • 1 Muffuletta bread or 10-inch Italian style bread
  • 3 oz Capicola ham
  • 3 oz Genoa salami
  • 2 oz Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz Provolone cheese
Olive salad
  • 2/3 cup Kalamata olives pitted and chopped
  • 2/3 cup black olives pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pimentos
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon capers rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients for the olive salad and let sit overnight if possible before use.
  2. Cut bread lengthwise and pull out some of the soft bread to make more room for ingredients.
  3. Spread olive salad on bottom layer then layer meats and cheeses. Spread as much
  4. Olive salad as possible on bread topper, place on top, and cut into quarters. Serve at room temperature.
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About Lynne Jaques

Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!

14 thoughts on “The N’orleans Muffuletta”

  1. That looks fantastic but it’s so simple to make – I love the idea of pulling some of the bread out to make a shell, then putting the lid on top! It looks colossal so I’m not surprised you couldn’t finish yours! It would be great for a family lunch though, or even a picnic.

  2. That is one awesome sandwich. I hope I can find the ingredients so that I can make one. That sandwich looks so good I am not surprised you could not eat the complete sandwich.

  3. I am SO HUNGRY right now. I’ve never had a chance to have a “real” one, but I love making them at home. And you’re right, they’re better later once they’ve had a chance to “mingle” with all the flavors. I love adding whatever I have on hand too – usually peppers, banana peppers, or crumbly cheese. Anything that tastes great but won’t get too soggy.

  4. I’ve never seen this type of Italian bread before and am not sure where to find it where I am, but I will keep an eye out and ask around. It’s like a stuffed sandwich where nothing falls out, so I like the idea, especially for picnics or for a packed lunch as that is my pet peeve, the fillings coming out.

  5. I have been obsessed with making a perfect muffuletta for almost a year now so I loved the simplicity of this recipe. I tend to make things a bit too complex. My three biggest issues have been:

    Getting the right bread
    Making the olive salad perfect
    The HAM!

    Would it destroy the idea of the sandwich if I supplemented the ham for, perhaps, a turkey? What would work as a supplemental bread alternative when finding muffuletta bread is IMPOSSIBLE in my neighbourhood? I have a few variations on the olive salad that are more to my taste than anything.

  6. A simple recipe for an awesome mouth-watering sandwich experience, i bet it beats down the local famous sandwiches in my area…i ought to fix this soon…and to top it all up, it sure doesn’t look tiresome to the bonus of having olives/olive oil within…fountain of youth huh! 😉

  7. This muffuletta sandwich is my kind of sandwich. Salami and ham with cheeses sounds great. Looks like a fusion of different cultural cuisines, which, coming from New Orleans isn’t much of surprise. I’m definitely printing this recipe up to try it.

  8. I was born in Louisiana and I had still never heard of this. I’ll tell you, though, the picture alone hade sold. My family is not going to have the same thing twice for a long time thanks to y’all’s recipes! I never can de IDE what I want to try 1st!

  9. This looks and sounds incredible. I’ve never had the real deal, but I for sure want to try this. Thanks for the recipe.

    So, Lynne, how do you cook and eat all these goodies and stay so slim? Great metabolism? Work out like crazy? lol

    I think this would make a great party sandwich or something to serve for luncheon with friends, wouldn’t it? It just looks festive and tasty. It reminds me of the breads stuffed with dip or bread bowls for soup, which I always think look great for serving guests.

  10. I used to have neighbors from New Orleans, and they would bring me Muffuletta back from their trips home. I finally bought all of the ingredients and made this a few years back, when I had some old friends coming to stay for a while. I wanted it to be festive, and I couldn’t think of anything more celebratory than making one of these, so I made it up, and everyone loved it. This looks like a great recipe, I hope everyone gives it a try, for that authentic New Orleans taste.

  11. Now look at that. It looks so good. Why do we like eating sandwiches so much? I know of a few people who would just melt at the idea of eating something that looks like this. I’ve given up the bread. It’s hard to be around it and not eat it. Maybe I can get my satisfaction out of looking at the picture.

  12. You know, I clicked on the link because of the Muffuletta picture and I’m glad I did. I had tasted a sandwich similar to the Muffuletta on a trip to the Caribbean but with steak inside as part of the recipe. I fell in love with it, but could never recall the name of the dish. I’m so happy that thanks to you I finally know the name of this tasty treat, and best of all your recipe is Italian! This looks so scrumptious! I can’t wait to give it a try already.

  13. When I was visiting New Orleans, I’d heard a lot about these, but I never tried one. I’m disappointed now- this looks delicious! I love the olives in it, and for me those would make the sandwich entirely. I also like the bread that is used, and I wonder how it would taste on a San Francisco style sourdough round as well. For those people who are more familiar with the sandwich, do you think it would be possible to forgo the meat or use some vegetarian alternative and still get something like the traditional taste of the sandwich?

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