Muffuletta Sandwich

Kelly Carrizo

History of the Muffuletta

A Sicilian sandwich found all over New Orleans that claims to be invented in The Italian Market, the Central Grocery on Decatur Street in 1906. Farmers at the Farmers Market would go to the grocery store to order salami, ham, cheese, olive salad, and Italian bread/Round muffuletta while farmers sat on crates trying to balance their trays with food on their knees the owner has an idea to put it all into a sandwich. Italian bread was too hard to bite so they used soft rounder muffuletta to make the sandwich soon they would just ask for a "Muffuletta."

New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe

1 round loaf Muffuletta Bread or Italian-style bread, 10-inch in diameter*
Olive Salad
Extra-virgin olive oil or juice from Olive Salad
2 ounces salami, thinly sliced
2 ounces Italian ham, thinly sliced
2 ounces Provolone cheese, thinly sliced




  • Either make or purchase Muffuletta Bread.
  • Prepare the Olive Salad.
  • Cut bread in half lengthwise and scoop out about half of the soft dough from top and bottom piece. Brush the inside bottom of loaf with olive oil or juice from the Olive Salad marinade.
  • Layer salami, Italian ham and Provolone cheese on the bottom piece.
  • Top with as much Olive Salad as will fit without spilling out. Add top of loaf and press down slightly.
  • Slice in quarters and serve the Muffuletta at room temperature and never toast.
  • Makes 1 to 4 servings.

Muffuletta - Food Groups

  • Bread - Grains
  • Cheese - Dairy
  • Salami, Ham - Protein
  • Olive Salad - Vegetables

Muffuletta Poem

Started with 2 pieces of bread

But what to make?

Cheese & Ham will do the trick!

Here I have a sandwich

And boy am I hungry!