Muffaletta with Olive Tapenade is a popular sandwich that has Italian ingredients, but originated in New Orleans, the French Quarter in 1906. That’s thanks to the Italian immigrants in Louisiana. Interestingly enough, it’s also a type of round Sicilian sesame bread. The bread is a crusty loaf that is hollowed out to fill with salami, ham, cappicola, cheese, etc. but the key ingredient is an olive salad or tapenade.
Muffaletta with Olive Tapenade – What’s in a Name?
Question for you…
How do you spell this ↓
Muffaletta or Muffuletta?
I’ve recently discovered that there are different ways to spell it.
I literally didn’t know that there was confusion about this.
However you spell it, hands down this is the best sandwich I’ve ever had.
Ok, well, maybe I’m being a little bit dramatic but it is definitely phenomenal and I’m officially a fan.
The bread isn’t what is traditionally used. I made this Ciabatta and it was perfect.
I absolutely LOVE Ciabatta; it’s a little crunchy on the outside, but nice and soft on the inside.
And it has all those cute little holes that soak up flavor.
Muffalettas are usually made with a Sicilian or heavy Italian bread, but hey, I do what I want.
Keeping with tradition, I made an olive tapenade to slather on this beautiful thing. That’s the hallmark of the sandwich, so if that isn’t good, your muffaletta (or muffalatta) isn’t going to be good.
Then, I layered the bread with salami, roast beef, prosciutto, pastrami, fresh Mozzarella, Provolone, stone ground mustard and red onions.
I think one of the keys to making a good Muffaletta is the pressing.
I pressed mine for about two hours, but one should work just fine. It “marries” the flavors – you want this.
I used a 6 pound can of tomatoes on top of a sheet pan, but that isn’t really necessary – a good sized cast iron skillet would work.
Here’s your printable-
Muffaletta Sandwich by The Spruce Eats
Muffaletta by Martha Stewart
Emeril’s Muffuletta by Food and Wine