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A Muffuletta cut into five slices on a cutting board

The flavors are perfect in this muffuletta recipe. Layers of ham, turkey pastrami, hard salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese are piled high on a loaf of french bread.  But the key ingredient, in my opinion, is the olive and carrot spread.  Green olives and carrots are put in a food processor and finely chopped.  Then, mixed in with a little Italian salad dressing, chopped black olives and grated parmesan cheese to pull it all together.

A closeup of a slice of a Muffuletta

Isabel’s muffuletta recipe is one I use often.  I’ve never personally met Isabel, but feel as if I’ve known her forever.  These muffulettas are the real deal.  They’re perfect for tailgating, to bring to a pot-luck or even to serve for dinner.  Slice them into wedges and you’re good to go.

A slice of Muffuletta

Isabel’s Famous New Orleans Muffulettas Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 10 sandwiches
You’ll find layers of ham, turkey pastrami, hard salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese along with a special olive spread in this Muffuletta recipe.


  • ½ pound ham
  • ½ pound pastrami
  • ½ pound salami
  • ½ pound pepperoni
  • ½ pound provolone
  • 1 (16-ounce jar) green olives
  • 2 (2.25-ounce cans) sliced black olives
  • 1 (12-ounce bag) matchstick carrots , or baby carrots
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Italian salad dressing
  • 4 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 2 loaves French bread , or Italian bread


  • Place the green olives and carrots in the base of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix the green olives and carrots with the black olives and parmesan cheese in a large bowl.
  • Add the salad dressing to hold the mix together.
  • Slice the bread horizontally and on one half, layer the meats, then the provolone and finish with the olive salad.
  • Place the other half of bread on top.
  • Brush melted butter on top of the bread.
  • Wrap the sandwich in foil and bake for about 50 minutes.
  • Remove the sandwich from the oven and before unwrapping, gently push down on the sandwich.
  • Unwrap, slice and serve.
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