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This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Fransisco. (You can contact Shirley by emailing her - click here). Shirley had this to say:

"The Central Grocery, is an emporium of imported foods across from the French Market. It is most famous for its muffulettas in the City of New Orleans. It is a round sesame loaf layered with meats and cheeses and topped with olive salad (essential ingredient) and reflects the Italian influence on New Orleans cooking ".


Olive Salad:
1 (3 oz.) jar pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained
and sliced (1 cup)
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced (1 cup)
1 large tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup olive oil (DO NOT SUBSTITUTE)
1 Tblsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 round loaf sesame seed Italian bread 9-10 inches in diameter
2 oz. thinly sliced baked ham
2 oz. thinly sliced Genoa salami
2 oz. thinly sliced provolone cheese
2 oz. thinly sliced mortadella

  • Prepare the olive salad: Place the olives in a strainer and rinse with cold water; drain well.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine the olives with the remaining salad ingredients and mix well; cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.
  • To assemble the muffaletta, split the loaf of bread in half.
  • Layer the bottom half with the ham, salami, provolone, and mozzarella.
  • Spread the olive salad over the cheese and cover with the top piece of bread.
  • Cut the sandwich into quarters.

Serves 4

Shirley Cline