Individual Muffuletta Sandwiches for #SundaySupper

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.

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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
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For the olive salad:
  • 1½ cups pimento-stuffed olives
  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • ¾ 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
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • A few grinds of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ 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:
  1. 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:
  1. 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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  1. Pam @ The Meltaways says

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

  2. says

    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 :)

  3. says

    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

  4. says

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

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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

  7. says

    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…

  8. says

    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!)

  9. says

    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!

  10. says

    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!

  11. says

    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!

  12. Sarah says

    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?


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