Muffuletta-Style Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches

March 23, 2011 | By andrea | Filed in: Italian, Quick Cooking, Sandwich.

Now this is a serious sandwich…and super easy, too! The muffuletta, the famous hero-style sandwich that originated in New Orleans, consists of deli meat, cheese, and an olive and giardiniera salad.  Giardiniera is basically a jarred pickled vegetable salad, and can be found next to the pickles in many grocery stores. The giardiniera I buy (Mezzetta brand) contains carrots, celery, cauliflower, red bell pepper, pickles and onions—I love the stuff and eat it straight out of the jar. 

I didn’t bother with the food processor to make the olive and vegetable salad. Instead, I chopped everything by hand, which only took a few moments.

For the deli meat I used black forest ham, salami and soppressata. My provolone was too thinly sliced so I should’ve doubled that. It was still good but cheesier would be even better. Instead of the pullman-style bread, I used a sliced Italian hearth bread from a local bakery. It made a sturdy foundation to the hearty sandwich. Grilling the sandwich was a cinch but next time I’ll use my panini grill. Serve with fresh veggies or some of the giardiniera to munch on. Enjoy!

Muffuletta-Style Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches
-recipe from Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine
1 cup giardiniera (Hot pickled vegetable salad), drained
1 cup packed baby arugula leaves
1/4 cup pitted green olives
8 slices pullman-style white bread
4 tablespoons butter, softened
8 thick slices provolone cheese
8 thin slices prosciutto cotto or boiled ham
8 thin slices hot soppressata
8 thin slices genoa salami

Using a food processor, grind the giardiniera, arugula and olives.

Coat 1 side of the bread slices with the butter. Build each sandwich as follows: a bread slice (buttered side out), giardiniera relish, a cheese slice, 2 prosciutto slices, 2 soppressata slices, 2 salami slices, another cheese slice, more relish and another bread slice (buttered side out).

Preheat a griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the sammies and cook, turning once, until the cheese melts, 6 to 8 minutes.

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One comment on “Muffuletta-Style Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches

  1. lori ares says:

    This was a pretty big hit at our house. Was able to fine tune to kids’ liking and husband loved it as is. We finally got our panini grill so this was a fun way to break it in….Andrea style!