Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe

What would living in New Orleans be without a good muffuletta? I’m not sure, but I do not want to find out! This New Orleans Muffuletta is one I love to make for parties and entertaining. It’s a crowd pleaser!

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What is a Muffuletta Sandwich?

What exactly is a muffuletta? A muffuletta is a deli sandwich topped with fresh olive salad. It’s also made on a 9″ round italian bread. The “locals” are very particular about where they buy their muffulettas. Personally, I love the ones from Central Grocery by the French Market.

Since I live in suburbia, going to Central Grocery to pick up one of these is not an option -a ninety mile round trip would make it a very expensive sandwich!

The key to a good muffuletta is the quality of the ingredients in it. Most importantly, where your olive salad is made being the biggest factor.

A funny story: I went to the store to purchase olive salad and they were out of “my” brand. I purchased one that said Muffuletta Olive Salad (warning! warning!) and brought it home. When I opened the glass jar, it tasted funny… I looked at where it was made… and it said made in Chicago. What?! (nothing against Chicago).

Off I went again to my local WinnDixie and purchased a New Orleans brand. Whew! Seriously, it’s not the same.

Let’s go through some of the key ingredients so you too, can make your own at home. Shall we?

Muffuletta Recipe

The Bread: 9-10″ round Italian bread.

Muffuletta bread

Olive Oil: I like to moisten my halves with some good Spanish extra virgin olive oil.

Muffulettta bread halved

Then you have the Capicola ham and salami. Ask the person behind the counter to slice them thin.

muffuletta layer ingredients

Thinly sliced mozzarella and smoked provolone…

muffuletta cheese layer

Start placing the olive salad in the middle and then work your way out.

muffuletta olive salad 1(c)

This is the most beautiful pie I’ve seen in a long time…

muffuletta pie The combination of the salty meats, the smoked cheese, the strong olive oil flavor and the crunch of the olive salad… Please. refrain from licking or biting your screen. Your device will not like it.

muffuletta in half

We like to quarter our muffulettas and eat them for lunch (ok, anytime is good too). If you want, you can toast the whole muffuletta, prior to cutting, in your oven for a few minutes to give the bread a little crunch and melt the cheese.

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Oh lordy. Yes, I am finished. You may proceed to printing the recipe and make your own. Me? off to lick my fingers.

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New Orleans Muffuletta Recipe

authentic new orleans muffuletta recipe. easy to make and a crowd pleaser!

This muffuletta sandwich recipe is made in the authentic New Orlean’s style! Flavorful and delicious, your muffuletta can be prepared in minutes so you can enjoy it any time of day.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes - SuperGlueMom
  • Yield: 4


  • 1 10″ round loaf Italian bread with Sesame (or a soft round Italian bread)
  • 1 cup Olive Salad
  • 1/4 lb Genoa Salami
  • 1/4 lb Capicola or deli ham
  • 1/4 lb Mortadella (I omit this but the real thing has it)
  • 1/8 lb Sliced Mozzarella (3-4 thin slices)
  • 1/8 lb Provolone (3-4 thin slices)


  1. Cut the bread in half length wise.
  2. Brush both sides with the oil from your Olive Salad or really good extra virgin olive oil, go a little heavier on the bottom.
  3. Begin layering your ham, mortadella and salami on the bottom half of the bread. Top with your cheeses.
  4. Next, add the olive salad from the center out. Put the lid on and press it down without smashing the bread.
  5. Optional: toast/warm up in you oven for a few minutes.
  6. Quarter it. You’ve just created pure heaven!


  • Calories: 499
  • Fat: 25
  • Carbohydrates: 36
  • Protein: 29

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Leave a Reply 36 comments

Kelly @ The Nourishing Home - December 30, 2012 Reply

Oh my goodness – that looks SO GOOD! I love olives and crusty bread! Mmm! Love that you shared a little bit of you with us too! eHugs, Kelly

    Laura Fuentes - December 30, 2012 Reply

    e hugs!! 🙂

      Kim Klink - March 2, 2018 Reply

      Thank you for this recipe. We went to NO last week for the 1st time. May I add it was just for this sandwich. We saw it on the food network. My question is what brand of olives do you use?

        Laura Fuentes - March 5, 2018 Reply

        Hi Kim! Here are a couple olive salad jars you can order on Amazon. I buy Boscoli at my local supermarket. Enjoy!

Tiffany's Toy Box - January 1, 2013 Reply

I have never heard of a Muffuletta before now! It looks beyond dlish and savory. Thanks for the recipe! Now I have to try and see if I can make it look and taste as good as your pics look!

Margie - January 7, 2013 Reply

Nothing quite like being in NOLA at Central Grocery munching on the utmost very best Muffuletta!!! Thank you so much for bringing back precious memories!

    Laura Fuentes - January 8, 2013 Reply

    thank you Margie!

    Jerry - October 22, 2017 Reply

    I have had a lot of muffulattas from Central Market but I have found theIRS lacking on the meat. I had one of the best Muffulattas ever at Mo’s Pizza on the Best Bank in Westwego yesterday. Fresh bread lots of meat and moist. Great sandwitch and reasonable price.

      Laura Fuentes - October 22, 2017 Reply

      I’ll have to try it out!

        Bernadette - February 27, 2018 Reply

        Well this brings back memories I went to beauty school in Slidell in the 80s and the girls brought a muffalatta from a restaurant to school instantly fell in love ! Never forgot it . Where can I get that olive salad? I’m in California -thank you

          Laura Fuentes - February 28, 2018 Reply

          Hi Bernadette! Here are a couple olive salad jars you can order on Amazon. Enjoy!

          Cerina Bee - August 31, 2018 Reply

          Whole Foods sells an Olive Salad at their Olive Bar and they even specify that it’s for the Muffeletta!

Michelle - February 19, 2013 Reply

Saw you on Pinterest and just HAD to stop by! This looks delicious! New follower 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Laura Fuentes - February 20, 2013 Reply

    let me know how your family enjoys them Michelle!

telesma - March 18, 2013 Reply

That’s actually authentic – good job. So many recipes don’t use mortadella or specify capicola or even Genoa salami. A lot of New Orleanians will use Chisesi ham instead of capicola, but it’s similar. One tip, though. The top half of the bread should be scooped out to allow for more olive salad. If you look at the ones from Central Grocery (which are the original recipe), the top is hollowed out to hold a mound of olive salad.

Also, try the toasted muff at Napoleon House. That’s the only one that comes close to topping the original, and it’s probably been around nearly as long.

    Laura Fuentes - March 18, 2013 Reply

    Thank you! I love love toasted muff! Thanks for mentioning the hollowing the top if the muff, I do that but it doesn’t picture as nicely 😉

restaurant Fort Lauderdale - July 3, 2013 Reply

Indeed, I totally agree with being particular with the ingredients especially the olive salad. It is really funny that I had the same experience as yours. I also tried making my own olive salad but to no success. It just did not taste right, so I always go find something made from New Orleans. Thank you for this post. This reminds me to make muffulettas one of these days.

cookie - November 26, 2014 Reply

OMG… I miss Central Grocery Muffulettas!!! Yum!

DGray - February 9, 2015 Reply

I make these every year for my Mardi Gras party and could not agree more, Boscoli Olive Salad is the best on the planet, nothing else will do for this sandwich! I have tried others out of desperation but I don’t like the Italian spin on them. Will be using your recipe this Mardi Gras as I usually do not used the smoked provolone……

    Laura Fuentes - February 10, 2015 Reply

    You can, of course, use regular provolone. I just prefer the smoked. 🙂 Enjoy!

Kathy - January 28, 2016 Reply

I want to make this for a Mardi Gras potluck we are having at work. Can it be made a day in advance?

    Laura Fuentes - January 29, 2016 Reply


Louisa - April 18, 2017 Reply

We’re can I find that olive salad, live in Florida can not find any muffuletta olive Salad anywhere.

    Laura Fuentes - April 19, 2017 Reply

    You can find the olive salad here: Enjoy!

Kenneth Raymond - September 16, 2017 Reply

I ,ale these and I live in NH. I worked for years in Milford, MA that had a terrrific Italian market that made these by the score, you didn’t have order them. They were in a big cooler wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. Anzd they were cheap. They were lunch for 4 guys but we usually split them 3 ways. Up here in New England I can get everything that does in it but I’ve had to look around for bread and found them.. I have an old buddy that grew up in NOLA and he was surprised I was making them. Very obscure way up north!!! Though my friends have loved these, I bring one to a party and cut it into 8 pieces. I never take anything home.

    Laura Fuentes - September 17, 2017 Reply

    I’m so glad these are a hit among your friends.

Jerry - October 22, 2017 Reply

In my career i have worked all over the world had have always missed my native food. While working in the US and away from NOLA I have been able to come close to a muffuletta built at Subways. The only problem with Subways is the lack of olive salad and you have to use black olives close your eyes and it’s close to tasting like a muffuletta.

    Laura Fuentes - October 22, 2017 Reply

    I love the “you have to close your eyes… and it’s close to tasting like a muffuletta.” Glad you found my recipe 🙂

Jennifer Zamalloa - December 26, 2017 Reply

I make them same way except I use the oil from the olive mix on both the top and bottom of the bread. I wrap it in foil overnight and then heat it up for about 15-20 at 325 degrees. So very good

Nita - April 7, 2018 Reply

Just made my first trip to New Orleans and was told by a friend I had to eat a Muffuetta while there. I did and fell in love with them. I purchased the Olive Salad (fortunately) from Central Grocery. Then on my way home realized I had not asked any one exactly what was in it….just took for granted I knew. Then I decided to try online for a receipe and there you were. I was so glad to see you had it and even suggested the same Olive Salad. I have used some of your recipes before and loved them. I receive you e-mails all the time and really looking forward to making my own Muffulettas for my friends.

    Laura Fuentes - April 9, 2018 Reply

    So glad you were able to re-create this at home!

Timothy Griffin - June 19, 2018 Reply

Laura, I live in the New Orleans area. Which muffuletta bread maker do you use with all the sesame seeds on top that is in your photo?…….in other words, which bakery is the best tasting to use for these since United is no longer in business? Thanks.

J King - October 19, 2018 Reply

Nicely timed for Halloween! The fat, sodium and calories read like a horror story!

    Laura Fuentes - October 23, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. There was an error in the recipe calculator. Some nutritional data will vary by the brand of deli meats purchased.

Judi Lynch - November 29, 2018 Reply

How do I get a printer friendly copy of your recipe? I don’t need 32 pages. Your recipe looks amazing and I would like to make it. Thank you so much.

    Laura Fuentes - November 29, 2018 Reply

    Hi Judi! I’m currently updating my website so the “print” only button for the recipe isn’t showing up. I am going to personally email it to you. Laura

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