This is a muffaletta you could easy make for a crowd or a picnic. Overnight Muffaletta Sandwich is quick to make but tastes oh so delicious! Laissez les bons temps rouler!!
Mardi Gras is next week. Did y’all know that? Well, Marion from Life Tastes Good did. She hosts this week’s Easy Mardi Gras #SundaySupper. We’ve got ya covered for all your Mardi Gras needs this year. There’s shrimp dip, red beans and rice, gumbo of course, and mini king cakes. You’ll want to pin all these recipes to save for future Mardi Gras parties.
When I think of New Orleans, there’s a few dishes or foods that come to mind. First and foremost, GUMBO! I remember Dad taking many trips to this historic city and getting to know the people and food there. He befriended someone who taught it tips and tricks to making good gumbo.
Of course, there’s red beans and rice, dirty rice, and jambalaya over rice. You know me and rice. We tight! Dad made dirty rice once. It was good, but I couldn’t get past what he put in it to make it dirty. Maybe I’ll make his recipe one day.
Beignets! Café du Monde is one place you have to visit while in New Orleans. They have great coffee and beignets! I made an oven baked saffron version of these delicious treats. While my beignets were not as light and fluffy as fried ones, they were delicious and had a light saffron flavor.
Hurricane drinks are something you should have at least once in New Orleans. There’s a restaurant near us that has them. It wasn’t really my cup of tea. It was super sweet, but I’m sure it was nothing like one you could get in New Orleans. And I’m sure there’s so many different flavors I’d find one I loved.
My parents used to visit New Orleans often and they loved having crawfish. Yeah. Not so much for me. I just can’t get past the taste. Someone swears they’re like mini lobsters. Yeah, no. I’m not seeing the comparison. But, I’ve tried them at least once. So, I’m good with that.
And finally, we come to the topic of this post.
I love the flavors of this sandwich. It has an olive spread made mainly with olives, both green and black, and giardiniera. You can add fresh herbs and spices and some diced carrots and celery. The olive spread can have roasted red peppers in it, shallots and garlic; there’s a range of olive salad recipes out there.
Mine has pimento stuffed green olives, Kalamata olives, giardiniera, roasted red peppers, and a little Dijon mustard. Because it’s my muffaletta sandwich and I put whatever I want in my olive salad! It cuts some of the briny-ness of the olive salad.
Now, there’s the salami and cheese. Mmmmm. I put three different minds of meat and two kinds of cheese on this sandwich. Traditional recipes call for mortadella, Genoa salami, and ham. I went with capicola for the ham, Genoa salami, and a peppered salami. I used a sliced provolone and mozzarella for the cheeses.
Yup. I was lazy and didn’t want to search all over NoVA for mortadella. Just sayin. This is meant to be EASY Mardi Gras. So, use whatever salami, meat, cheese combination you want with this sandwich. Use whatever bread you want for this sandwich.
This is typically made on a round loaf and cut into wedges. I got a nice, wide loaf of Italian from my grocery store. I used half of it for our sandwiches and cut them into squares for lunch. Again, use whatever bread you want and cut it however you want.
The only thing I ask is that you allow this sandwich to “marinate” overnight. The olive salad will mellow and flavor the cheese and meats. The salami and cheese will get close. REALY close! It will truly have amazing flavor when you let this sit in the fridge overnight.
Besides, there’s so much to make for a Mardi Gras party that making this the night before is a no brainer. You can have it for lunch while you prepare for your party! Want something different for a picnic? Make these and take them along with some Zapps Crawtater chips for a decidedly different picnic lunch.
Just look at those delicious layers all wrapped in tangy olive salad and Italian bread. Looks delicious, doesn’t it? All those layers of meat and cheese just scream make me for Mardi Gras! I know you can’t resist.
What’s your favorite New Orleans recipe or food?
Overnight Muffalatta Sandwich
This is a muffalata you could easy make for a crowd or a picnic. Overnight Muffalata Sandwich is quick to make but tastes oh so delicious! Laissez les bons temps rouler!!
- 1 cup green olives
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
- 1 cup giardiniera
- 1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts
- 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 4 ounces capicola ham
- 4 ounces black pepper salami
- 4 ounces Genoa salami
- 4 ounces sliced provolone
- 4 ounces sliced mozzarella
- 8 ounces Italian bread
- Combine olives with the giardiniera, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and Dijon mustard in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until the ingredients are finely chopped and combined. Set aside.
- Slice the Italian bread in half lengthwise. Spread a thin layer of the olive spread onto each half of the bread. Top with thin layers of mozzarella, capicola, black pepper salami, provolone, Genoa salami, capicola, mozzarella, Genoa salami, black pepper salami, and provolone.
- Place the top on the sandwich and tightly wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to blend and mellow. Serve with Zapp’s Crawtaters, Cajun Dill, or New Orleans Style kettle chips.
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I’m just learning what NOLA food and Mardi Gras food is about. Thanks for the muffaletta lesson.
You’re welcome! I’ve only read about it. I hope to have a real one one day…
This looks so good, and you’re right, perfect picnic food.
Right? Thank you!!
This looks delicious! I love hearty sandwiches!
Thank you! A small wedge of this and you’re set for a good lunch.
I think that might be the prettiest sandwich I’ve ever seen! Yum!
Thank you! It was delicious, too. I have to make them again…
Kristen Chidsey says
Christie, this looks absolutely INCREDIBLE!!
Thank you, Kristen!!
Camilla @ Culinary Adventures says
Nice job! I have never let mine marinate, but I love that idea. I’ll give it a shot soon. Thanks.
Thank you! You should try marinating it. The flavors all meld and mellow and are just completely different.
Such a gorgeous sandwich! I love all those layers. Perfect for an easy lunch the next day since it marinates overnight.
Thank you, Tara! That’s what I was going for. While you’re prepping for your party, just prep these, too!
Wow! Does this sandwich look amazing! So flavorful. Can’t wait to make it.
Thank you! I hope you love it as much as I did.
So many delicious flavors in every bite! This is one fantastic sandwich!!!
Thank you, Liz!