Get a taste of New Orleans with this amazing vegetarian Muffaletta Sandwich!
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6to 8 people
For Sauteed Mushrooms:
2largeportabella mushrooms,sliced 1/2-inch thick
2teaspoonsextra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
For Olive Salad:
1/4teaspooncrushed red pepper flakes
1/2cupextra virgin olive oil
1/4cupred wine vinegar
1(1-pound)round loaf of bread
8ouncessliced provolone cheese(skip for a vegan muffaletta)
1cuproasted red peppers,or use a mix of colors
1cupquartered artichoke hearts
Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add mushrooms to oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on both sides.
Season mushrooms to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool slightly.
Prepare olive salad:
While the mushrooms are cooking, start the olive salad. Coarsely chop giardiniera and place in a medium bowl.
Smash olives with the side of a chef's knife, remove pits, and roughly chop. Add to giardiniera.
Add capers, garlic, spices, olive oil, and red wine vinegar to giardiniera. Mix well, then set aside.
Cut bread in half. If your loaf is very thick, remove some bread from inside the loaf, leaving about a 1-inch shell.
Brush bottom of bread with some of the dressing from the olive salad, then cover with half of the olive salad.
Top olive salad with half of the provolone cheese.
Cover cheese with all the roasted peppers, then top with all the artichoke hearts.
Add the rest of the provolone cheese.
Cover portabellas with remaining olive salad. Brush bread top with any leftover dressing, then place on sandwich, gently pressing down on loaf.
Cut muffaletta into wedges and serve immediately or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat. Enjoy!
When selecting bread, choose a sturdy, round loaf that's topped with sesame seeds, if possible. A wider, flatter loaf (about 8-inches or so) is better than a narrower, tall loaf, if you have an option. Can't find a large, round loaf? Try substituting a regular Italian loaf, ciabatta, or even focaccia. Just make sure that the bread you use will stand up to the hearty filling!