Slab Muffuletta

By Emma Laperruque
February 4, 2018
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Author Notes: Instead of the traditional round loaf, this muffuletta employs an 18- by 13-inch sheet pan of olive oily, salty focaccia. We used Saltie's recipe—but use whichever you like best. You can bake it a day before you build the sandwich; just wrap tightly in plastic or foil.

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Serves: a crowd

  • 1 sheet pan focaccia (see note)
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped castelvetrano olives (or other green olives)
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped oil-cured black olives (or other black olives)
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped roasted bell peppers
  • 3 stalks celery, roughly chopped, plus any leaves that might be attached
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 3/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 pound sliced capicola
  • 1 pound sliced soppressata
  • 1 pound sliced mortadella
  • 1 pound sliced provolone
  1. Make the olive spread. Combine the olives, roasted peppers, celery, capers, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, and oregano in a bowl. Season with salt to taste.
  2. Build the muffaletta. Cut the focaccia in half (so you have two 9 x 13 pieces). Now halve each piece horizontally—a big serrated knife and a slow, sawing motion works best here. Flip the 4 pieces over, so the fluffy interior is facing up. Spread the olive mixture evenly over each. On 1 bottom piece, layer half the meat and cheese in this order: capicola, soppressata, mortadella, provolone. Repeat with the other bottom piece. Cap both with the remaining 2 pieces.
  3. Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic or foil. Place onto a sheet pan and top with another sheet pan. Load up the top sheet pan with some cans or jars. Weigh down for at least 1 hour (at room temperature) or up to 12 hours (in the fridge).
  4. When ready to serve, cut each half into 8 to 16 pieces (so, 16 to 32 total) and arrange together to reflect the original, slab focaccia shape.

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