Chef John Folse's Muffaletta

Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 4 Servings
Comment: The Muffuletta is an Italian sandwich created in the late 1800's. The sandwich originated when Italian merchants working in the markets of New Orleans placed a mixture of broken green and black olives, found on the bottom of olive barrels, on loaves of round Italian bread known as "muffs." Over this mixture, they layered slices of ham, salami and Provolone cheese. The most famous of all Muffuletta are found at the historic Central Grocery on Decatur Street in New Orleans.

Ingredients for Olive Salad:
1/4 cup black olives 
1/4 cup green olives 
1/4 cup pimientos 
1/4 cup capers 
1/4 cup cocktail onions 
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 small can artichoke hearts
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp chopped garlic 
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsps red wine vinegar

Method: In a food processor, combine all above ingredients and chop coarsely. Scrape into a bowl and set aside. Ingredients for Sandwich: 1 loaf round Italian bread 2 tbsps olive oil 1/4 pound ham, thinly sliced 1/4 pound Genoa salami, thinly sliced 1/4 pound Provolone cheese, thinly sliced 1/4 pound Mortadella (Italian bologna), thinly sliced 3 slices mozzarella cheese 1 cup prepared olive salad (see above) Method: Split bread lengthwise and drizzle olive oil on each side. Arrange layers of meats and cheeses, then add olive salad. Cover with top layer of bread, cut and serve.