Super Bowl(TM) Panini: Muffuletta

by on February 4, 2010

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While New Orleans Saints fans are overjoyed that their team is finally headed to the Super Bowl for the first time I’m just excited that the occasion has given me the kick in the pants to finally try a muffuletta. If you don’t already know, the muffuletta sandwich is a robust, flavorful New Orleans specialty, filled with Italian meats and cheeses and a zesty olive salad. It’s not traditionally a grilled sandwich but based on what I tasted coming off the panini grill, wow, maybe it should be.

Flavor, flavor and more flavor – that’s what this sandwich is all about. People talk about the importance of the olive salad in the muffuletta. They are so right! It’s a sandwich filling and condiment in one, soaking into the bread and creating a flavor explosion with each bite. The recipe below makes a lot of it, but once you’re done using it for the panini it also makes a great dip for some crusty bread.

In case you missed it…I made Breaded Pork Tenderloin Panini in honor of the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week.

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1 Natashya February 5, 2010 at 6:36 am

This is a sammie I have always wanted to try – great idea to make it into a panini!
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2 The Food Hunter February 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I’m planning to make something similar for the Super bowl
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3 Brenda T. (Meal Planning Magic) February 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Being from Texas, muffulettas make their way west occasionally to our own delis and they are a taste I already LOVE! This panini looks super delicious–I think I’ll be making a trip to the store to get the ingredients for this one. Way to go Kathy!

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4 amy February 6, 2010 at 9:09 am

i need this for lunch! maybe everyday:) yummm

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5 Kathy February 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

I’ll admit I had it for lunch most days this week! :-)

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6 Kalynskitchen February 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

Great idea! I’m definitely going for the Muffaletta over the Breaded Pork Sandwich, but it’s nice to see you’re giving them equal billing.
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7 sharon February 6, 2010 at 11:28 am

Perfect recipe for this year’s superbowl and darling team :) Looks delicious.

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8 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom February 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

The flavors in your sandwich sound mouth watering to say the least. I love the combo of the cheeses, deli meats, olives, and pickled veggies. Yum!

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9 Andrew Davis February 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hey Kathy,
This is awesome. I’m going to the store today to make these!
Thanks for the great recipe!
- Drew
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10 Kathy February 7, 2010 at 9:30 am

Awesome, hope you enjoy it – definitely make the olive salad early so the flavors have time to blend!

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11 Andrew Davis February 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

Hopefully I can prepare it a couple of hours prior. Enjoy the game. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

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12 Brenda T. (Meal Planning Magic) February 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Just wanted to let you know that we made this tonight in honor of the Saints (we’re fans!). My daughter helped me (easy to assemble) and my husband said he thought it tasted very authentic!

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13 Kathy February 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Excellent! So glad to hear. And congrats on the win :-)

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14 Gaby February 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

This looks like my kind of panini, well pretty much every panini is my kind of panini but this one sounds especially perfect!

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15 Mindy February 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

This looks delicious! My husband loves muffaletta, but we don’t have anywhere near that makes a good one. We’ll have to try this!
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