While this isn't a completely authentic muffaletta sandwich it still tastes really good. The idea is basically an Italian flavored sandwich, with olive salad spread. It originated at the Central Grocery in New Orleans. This sandwich comes close on the olive spread, though it takes shortcuts on the bread and meat.
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Step 1: Make the Olive Spread
To make the olive spread put
3/4 cup pimento stuffed olives
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1/4 cup giardiniera (pickled vegetables)
2 large pepperocini
3-4 pickled onions
2 Tbs capers
1 medium garlic clove
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbs olive oil
into the bowl of a food processor. Coarsely chop and put in the refrigerator overnight.
Step 2: Build the Sandwich
Deli meat variety pack containing ham, salami, and bologna (this one had enough for 4 sandwiches)
provolone cheese slices
Mayo type spread
Slice the rolls and put the olive spread on the bottom. Put 1 to 2 tablespoons, depending on taste. The leftovers can be used as a dip or tapenade on bread or crackers (or even pizza). Build the sandwich up with the meat and cheese in whatever order you like. Finally spread a good amount of the mayo type spread on the top half of the roll. The sweetness of the mayo type spread helps balance out the salty/sour flavors from the olive spread.
Put the top of the roll on top of the sandwich.
Makes a great picnic and party sandwich.