Recipe: Giada de Laurentiis’ Italian Muffuletta


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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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