Individual Muffuletta Sandwiches for #SundaySupper

by Renee on September 9, 2012

Individual Muffuletta (Muffaletta) Sandwiches

It’s tailgating time! The football season has begun and folks everywhere are cheering their team on to victory. You can’t do all that cheering on an empty stomach now can you? Oh no! Game day would not be the same without some tasty food and beverages. Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or in your living room, my individual muffuletta sandwiches are great for filling up before, during, or after the game.

The muffuletta (also spelled muffaletta) sandwich originates in New Orleans. Central Grocery in the French Quarter created it because the Sicilian farmers selling their produce nearby would come in and order bread, olive salad, meats, and cheeses. They combined the ingredients together to make them easier to eat while sitting outside. A regular sized muffuletta is a whole loaf of bread so my individual ones are for single serving sandwiches.

The olive salad is what makes this sandwich extraordinary. I say that because back when I did not care for olives I loved a muffuletta. The combination of flavors in the salad and how it soaks into the bread is oh so yummy. You need to make the sandwiches the day before (and the salad the day before that) to make it taste just right. It really does get better after hanging out in the fridge all night.

A sandwich is one part of a tailgating feast. You need beverages, appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and more. The Sunday Supper team has put together a fabulous list of recipes to make your game day complete. Check them out:

Pre Game Warm-ups:

On the Sidelines:

Main Events:


From the Cooler:

Wine Pairings by Wine Everyday

Hungry yet? I certainly am after looking at all those recipes. Be sure to read about each one, they are such great posts with inspiration for any party; tailgate or otherwise.

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and this week it is all about tailgating food, beverages, and fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. We love to pin recipes and photos so be sure to follow our #SundaySupper Pinterest board too.

How do enjoy the football season? Do you go to the games or watch them at home? Either way, I hope you have the best time at each one with good food, friends, family, and fun.

Individual Muffuletta (aka Muffaletta) Sandwiches

Individual Muffuletta (aka Muffaletta) Sandwiches

    For the olive salad:
  • 1 1/2 cups pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 3/4 cup giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables)
  • 3 large pepperoncini, chopped (top and stem removed)
  • 6 pickled onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • A few grinds of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • For the sandwiches:
  • 12 round bakery buns (about 3 to 4 inches wide)
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 12 slices cappicolo
  • 12 slices Genoa salami
  • 12 slices deli ham
  • 12 slices deli pepperoni
  • 12 slices swiss or mortadella cheese
  • Olive salad
For the olive salad:

Place all the salad ingredients except the olive oil into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Pulse a few times until roughly chopped. Transfer ingredients to a bowl and stir in the olive oil. Refrigerate overnight.

For the sandwiches:

Slice the buns in half. On the bottom half, layer 1 slice each of the provolone, cappicolo, salami, ham, pepperoni, and swiss cheese. Add about 2 tablespoons of olive salad on top of the meats and cheeses. Cover with top half of bun. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

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Pam @ The Meltaways September 9, 2012 at 4:19 am

I have only attempted making these once, and your olive salad sounds awesome! I think I need to give these another go!


Faye Leong September 9, 2012 at 4:35 am

Thanks so much for well written introduction of The Muffuletta. It’s look so good with the olive salad. Bookmarked!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 9, 2012 at 7:51 am

Just the name of this sandwich is great, and you´re right the olives and pickles make it extraordinary. Wonderful recipe! Happy Sunday Renee!


Heather @girlichef September 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

Oh my gosh – YUM. I love muffalettas and I am in love with the idea of individual ones. I will definitely be trying these, Renee! :)


Lane @ Supper for a Steal September 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

I want to make these for the UF vs LSU game! Perfect that I can make them ahead of time.


Soni September 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

I’ve only seen ‘Muffaletta’ on ‘Throwdown with Bobby Flay’ but never tried it!Yours looks absolutely delicious and the lovely olives with the pickled veggies must taste so so good!Dying to have a bite of this :)


Katie September 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

I have never eaten a muffuletta before and I am DYING to try one! This recipe sounds amazing :)


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

I’ve had muffuletta a couple of times before and I absolutely love it! I’m so glad I can recreate it at home now :)


Sarah September 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

That is so handy! Love it!


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina September 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I have been waiting for these all week long and I just added them to my menu. You’d be my best friend during tailgating season! YUM!


Family Foodie September 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Renee~ I love these sandwiches and would eat them any day of the week! YUM


Beate September 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

These look so so good!!! Delicious :)


Laura Hunter September 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I love muffuletta but I never thought of making it at home. I will have to give this a try for my olive obsessed husband.


Susan 30A EATS September 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm

After living in Louisiana a number of years, and graduating from LSU, I am quite the fan of Muffaletta’s and Central Grocery Italian Salad! Your recipe looks delicious, and is surely to be a hit! See you tonight on twitter @fromagechick! #SundaySupper


Liz September 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Renee, this looks like an ideal sandwich for a tailgate! Delicious and full of amazing ingredients! What a crowd pleaser! Happy #SundaySupper, my friend!


Nancy @ gottagetbaked September 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Wow, Renee! I’ve never heard of a sandwich like this but it sounds AH-MAZING! I’m not a big fan of olives but when it’s whipped up into things like tapenade, I’m all over it.


Melanie September 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

This is definitely going on my “must make” list. Having gone to NOLA this summer, we wanted to pack these sandwiches in our carry on bags and bring them home with us! Can’t wait to recreate it!


Terra September 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I was late on learning about muffuletta sandwiches, and so glad I finally did! I am an olive FREAK, and so adore every bite of these sandwiches! I am excited to have your recipe, I for sure plan to make this soon! YUM, Hugs, Terra


Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen September 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Ooohhhh soooooo goooood!!!


Sheila Fretz September 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This looks amazing! I love olives and cold cuts and Im going to try to make these on a gluten free roll


Wendy (TheWeekend Gourmet) September 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I don’t care for olives, but I LOVE muffaletta sandwiches! We were just at Central Grocery in NOLA a few weeks back, and we brought back a couple jars of the olive salad as souvies for foodie friends! Your sandwiches look fabulous…


Karen Hartzell September 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Mmmmmm…..Muffalettas! So perfect for tailgating or anytime if you ask me! Great choice for this week and the pics have my mouth watering as usual, Renee!


Tara Noland September 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The olive salad looks so good. Great sandwich!!


Crazy Kwistin September 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

oh my yumminess, this looks so amazing!! :)


Jennie @themessybakerblog September 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Cheering is hard work, so I’m going to need one of these delicious looking sammies, for sure! They look amazing. You had me at muffuletta. Happy #SS! Pinned.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Yum! What a great thing to make individual! Perfect for game time!


Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) September 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

That’s really a beautiful & delicious looking sandwich! I know this is shared for tailgating, but I think it’s elegant enough for a luncheon or special occasion.


Megan September 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I think I love you for using a homemade olive salad! We went to NOLA in April and brought back a few jars of the olive salad from Central Grocery. Plus I love that it is individual sized (rather than the size of ones head!)


diabeticFoodie September 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

You had me at “pickled.”


veronica gantley September 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Yum what a new orleans original, great for any tailgating get together.


Susan September 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I’ve been eying this sandwich since you put up the preview! Without the olive salad, you just have a plain old Italian hero, that olive salad takes it to a whole new delicious height!


amy @ fearless homemaker September 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Oh my goodness, these look SO good. I absolutely love muffuletta sandwiches but have never made one myself + I only get them when i’m in new orleans. If I lived closer to you, I’d be begging to be your taste-tester when you made these!


sunithi September 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

These look so wholesome & yumm ! Would make a nice dinner meal am thinking :)


Anne P @ Webicurean September 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

These look great! I have a muffuletta cheat–getting jars of it from the Olive Pit in Corning, CA. I love having it on hand because it’s good in other things too–especially tossed in a salad! thanks for sharing your recipe!


Sarah September 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I first heard of Muffuletta’s while I was working at a restaurant in college. And I must say, it was so good I always wanted to go to New Orleans to try it. But now I can just go to your house. Wait where do you live?


Baker Street September 12, 2012 at 8:53 am

You’re right! The olive salad makes or breaks the sandwich. Your recipe sounds fantastic, Renee! :)


Patti September 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

I could eat these with just the olive salad! This is a great sandwich Renee!


Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) September 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I just want to crawl right up in this sandwich and eat it from the inside out! I love everything about it.

Jamie @


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