Fat Tuesday Recipe: Italian Muffuletta

You can't go wrong with thick-cut Italian bread, stuffed with layers of deliciousness.

The following was written by People Magazine news staff. 

Giada de Laurentiis’ Italian Muffuletta Recipe


Serves: 6

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 10 large pitted green olives, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 round bread loaf (7-in. diameter)
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced ham
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced salami
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced mortadella
  • 4 oz. sliced provolone cheese
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups loosely packed arugula


1. Whisk together vinegar, oregano and garlic in a large bowl until blended. Gradually whisk in oil. Stir in green olives, kalamata olives, roasted peppers and black pepper.

2. Using a serrated knife, slice 1 inch from top of bread loaf. Split loaf horizontally, and scoop out soft bread from both halves, leaving a ½-inch-thick shell. (Reserve soft center of loaf for another use, if desired.)

3. Spread half of the vinaigrette in bottom half; layer with ham, salami, mortadella, cheese, onion and arugula. Spread remaining vinaigrette on top half of bread, and place vinaigrette side down on arugula. Cut the sandwich into 6 even wedges.

Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

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