Fun Family Recipes for the Big Game: Mini Muffuletta Sandwiches

In preparation for the Big Game, Young Chefs Academy is rolling out game day recipes for the whole family to enjoy. These kid-friendly recipes focus on specific skills and are safe for children to prepare with parental supervision.

Our first recipe is Mini Muffuletta Sandwiches, a scrumptious combination of meat, cheese, mayo and more. This satisfying snack began in New Orleans in 1906 from Sicilian-born immigrant Salvatore Lupo. He noticed local farmers eating each ingredient separately and, like a true entrepreneur, improved the experience by selling them together as a sandwich.

Please see the recipe below and stay tuned for next week’s recipe, the Pro Bowl Kielbasa.

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• 12 small servings


Olive Salad
• 1 cup pitted green olives, coarsely chopped
• 1 cup pitted black olives, coarsely chopped
• 1 Tbsp. capers
• 1/3 cup roasted red bell pepper, finely diced
• 1/4 cup celery, finely diced
• 2 Tbsp. flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
• 2 tsp. garlic, finely minced
• 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
• 2 Tbsp. olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste

• 12 small dinner rolls, cut in half
• 1-2 tsp. olive oil
• 1/4 lb Genoa salami*, sliced
• 1/4 lb capicola ham*, sliced
• 1/4 lb mortadella, sliced
• 1/8 lb Mozzarella, sliced
• 1/8 lb Provolone, sliced

• Measuring cups and spoons
• Knife
• Bowl
• Spoon
• Pastry brush
• Plastic wrap
• Serrated knife

1) Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours and up to 1 week to let the flavors intensify.
2) Spoon olive salad on one side (You may wish to hollow out some of the bread to make room for the salad), gently pressing into bread. Brush the other side of the bread lightly with olive oil.
3) Layer olive-salad side of the bread with overlapping slices of salami, ham, mortadella, mozzarella, and provolone. Top with the oil-coated side, gently press down, wrap in plastic wrap and let stand for 20-30 minutes.
4) Unwrap and serve immediately, or chill until ready to use.

*While Genoa salami, capicola ham and mortadella are preferred authentic ingredients, any type of salami and ham will do; mortadella is similar to bologna*



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