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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.
Featured In: This Oversized Focaccia Muffuletta Is Ready for Mardi Gras —Emma Laperruque
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!