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Muffuletta Grilled Cheese

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Note: Giardiniera is a pickled vegetable mix that can be found in Italian delis or jarred in supermarkets. If unavailable, it can be omitted. Substitute 2 to 3 seeded and stemmed pepperoncini in its place. This recipe will produce far more olive salad than you need for one sandwich. Extra salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month. Use it in more sandwiches, classic muffulettas, to top pizzas or burgers, or to stir into pasta sauces.

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