Muffuletta sandwich

An hour's the limit cookbook

An hour’s the limit, 184pp.
by ‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi
Ebury Press, North Sydney, 2010
Cooking on page 32

‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi is best known for his cooking segment on the Better Homes and Gardens lifestyle television series. His style is enthusiastic and infectious. His aim is to keep delicious food accessible, affordable and achievable.

This cookbook, his third of four, is great for busy cooks because every recipe takes 60 minutes or less. The recipes are tempting, oh so tempting. So I was glad the choice of what to make first was dictated by page 32.

I borrowed this book from the library, because the page-32 recipe is for an Italian sandwich I’ve wanted to make for many years. The book is filled with great recipes. Luckily, last weekend I saw a copy for $10 in a second-hand bookstore. I might just have to own it.

muffuletta sandwich

Muffuletta sandwich

1 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, chopped (1 cup = 150g pimiento-stuffed green olives)
4 eschalots, diced finely
1 stick celery, diced finely
1/2 bunch parsley leaves, chopped finely
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
4 ciabatta rolls, split
180g shaved mortadella
180g shaved leg ham
140g sliced mozzarella cheese
140g sliced provolone cheese
gherkin, to serve

olives, tabasco, celery, mayo, parsley celery and onion lunchmeats and cheeses

Combine the olives, eschalots, celery, parsley, mayonnaise and Tabasco in a bowl, then set side to steep for 10 minutes.

Spread both sides of the rolls with the olive salad, then top with alternating layers of mortadella, ham, mozzarella and provolone. Serve with gherkins. Serves 4.

How it played out
Except for using my homemade sourdough bread, instead of ciabatta, I made a half a batch of this as written. I also used my unsweetened homemade mayonnaise (recipe at the bottom of this post).

I bought the meats and mozzarella and provolone cheeses at Supabarn in the city. The guy who runs the cheese department there says he has 460 varieties on the shelf and I believe it. Lots of great choices. The mozzarella is one he recommends, saying it holds its shape and is loaded with taste. He was right. Had to laugh, though, at the checkout counter. The price on the cheese was $9.08, but it rang up as $908.

Oh wow, what a sandwich. Poor John and I loved these for lunch.

I’ve heard of muffulettas for years—they are extremely popular in New Orleans—but never had the chance to try one. They are huge, packed with flavour and deliciously messy. The filling oozed all over my hands and down my chin and arms. Perfect!

You can bet I’ll make these again. By the way, I’ve read that there is an actual muffuletta loaf of bread. It’s similar to focaccia, but I reckon my sourdough worked just fine.

Be sure to check out my travel blog. Here’s a post about some meals we had in India.

Muffuletta Italian sandwich


About leggypeggy

Intrepid overland traveller, keen photographer, avid cook—known to jump out of airplanes and do other silly things. Do not act my age.
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8 Responses to Muffuletta sandwich

  1. Antonia says:

    What a great excuse to make such a fabulous sandwich! I love the idea of using homemade sourdough and mayo for this. I have never made Muffuletta either. I will have to try it! By the way, you will have to go back and get that book 😉

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  4. Now THIS looks like a serious sandwich. I do love me some a good Muffuleta, although I’ve learned over the years that everyone seems to have their own idea on what the ingredients should be. (The only consistent ingredient seems to be the olives and, obviously, bread.) Still, I like a lot of the versions, so if one of these pops up on a menu, I’ll probably order it…

  5. Sy S. says:

    Writing now Dec 21, 2017 a few days before Christmas. Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, NY has a great small Italian neighborhood which has won an award for one of five neighborhoods in the USA to retain their old style feel/look, Italian food, shops.. etc. And a great place to visit during the Christmas season. And yesterday, I ordered a Muffaletta Sandwich at $13 buck-a-roos (US) and it contained “Genoa salami, mortadella, provolone, topped with Greo’s spicy olive spread (Italian Gardinia) on focaccia…and …they all say ‘wow my baby’ in New Orleans” (wording on the menu). The sandwich was huge and easily for two people.

    Aside- My brother was at Reading Market in Philidelphia, PA last week and ordered a Muffaletta sandwich, which was different from this recipe and the one I ate yesterday in little Italy.
    Some day I will have to try this posted recipe with the various ingredients and some from the sandwich I had yesterday.

    Happy Seasonal Greeting to anyone who reads this during Christmas Time 2017!

    • leggypeggy says:

      Oh wow, Sy, I’d love to visit Arthur Avenue. Thanks for introducing me to somewhere that would make me feel totally at home. Your sandwich sounds wonderful and now I’m hungry as anything.

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