Muffaletta Sandwich

This is one of my favorite sandwiches ever; I LOVE the tapenade and all the cured meats. It’s a great sandwich to take on a picnic because it’s actually better when the tapenade soaks into the bread a bit. You need to ask for the meats to be sliced really really thin. I like to use the Trader Joe’s tapenade found in the refrigerator section; I also used some artichoke tapenade from a jar in this sandwich although I think next time I will stick to only the olive.

1 round loaf of Italian bread (about 1 1/2 lbs)
2 oz. very very thinly sliced mortadella
2 oz. very thinly sliced smoked ham (such as Tavern or Black Forest)
2 oz. thinly sliced Genoa or hard salami
2 oz. very thinly sliced capicola
sliced provolone cheese
olive tapenade (artichoke as well if you want to add it)
sliced red onion

Slice the loaf horizontally and hollow out the top (you can use that bread for fresh bread crumbs or bread salad… don’t throw it out!). Put a layer of tapenade on the bottom and layer the onions, cheese and meats topping with some more tapenade. Put the lid on and slice up the sandwich. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil until ready to eat. Grab a beer and you’re all set!

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