I've got nothing but good things to say about muffaletta sandwiches, the official sandwich of New Orleans (Ok, the po'boy might have something to say about that). If I could only take five sandwiches with me to my desert island, the muffaletta would be right up there leading the list. In fact, I love it so much that I have a jar of homemade olive salad that lives in the bottom shelf of my fridge all year round. It's an excellent condiment that finds its way into all sorts of foods at my place, so it's only natural that I've developed muffaletta-flavored variations of every snack food known to man. Here are some of my favorites.
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The classic New Orleans sandwich of cold cuts and olive salad meets the burger in this delicious mash-up
The Muffaletta ($10) at Fort Defiance defies normal sandwich proportions.
I like to think of the muffaletta as a distant relative of the Italian sub. They both layer on the various meats and cheese—ham, capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone—and rely on something piquant and lively to stand up to all that meat, whether that's hot peppers in an Italian or the famed olive spread of the muffaletta.