Muffuletta with McEvoy Ranch Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

The Fat Half Case being offered from McEvoy Ranch calls for a celebration.

Mardi Gras is on the way... Mardi Gras officially starts on the 6th of January and runs through Fat Tuesday. The two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday can teach us all how to party. The muffuletta is a classic New Orleans sandwich involving salumi, cheese and a juicy "olive salad" that makes the whole thing come together. Every hole in the wall in New Orleans has its own version of that salad. Emeril has his version of that salad. It is the signature note of the muffuletta. I've eaten a lot of muffulettas - both in and out of New Orleans and I'm here to tell you that the McEvoy Ranch Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade gets the job done and saves you a lot of work. I have noted in the recipe below that if you feel the urge to add pickled cauliflower and pepperoncini to be strictly authentic, feel free. Remember that you are going to need plenty of time to enjoy that Fat Half Case and celebrate before Fat Tuesday! Party on!

Muffuletta with McEvoy Ranch Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

Ingredients 1 loaf Ciabatta bread, or other soft Italian bread with a loose crumb and a crisp crust 1/4 pound thinly sliced salami 1/4 pound thinly sliced hot coppa 1/4 pound thinly sliced mortadella 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto or ham 1/4 pound thinly sliced provolone cheese 1/2 pound mozzarella 3 jars McEvoy Ranch Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade Pickled pepperoncini and pickled cauliflower are optional additions to chop and add to the tapenade Directions
  • Split bread in half along the equator. If you are using a domed loaf rather than a flat loaf, pull some of the bread out of the interior before layering in the tapenade and fillings.
  • Spread one and one-half jar of tapenade on each cut half of bread.
  • Lay salami on the bottom half of the bread, followed by coppa, provolone, mortadella, mozzarella, and prosciutto or ham.
  • Close sandwich and wrap tightly in plastic.
  • Place between 2 baking sheets and weigh down with a heavy pot or two to flatten slightly.
  • Let sit a room temperature, turning over halfway, 1-2 hours before cutting into wedges to serve. Muffuletta can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 2 days.