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These are not your usual muffulettas

Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New ...

Put a fun twist on Mardi Gras eats

These two fun and simple Mardi Gras-inspired muffuletta treats are perfect for snacking.

Mardi Gras is one of my favorite holidays. I get to eat all the delicious food I want with zero regret. This year I decided I would take a more traditional route but add a little twist. These two simple dishes are perfect for your Mardi Gras party and sure to please your whole family.

Twists on muffalettas

First up, we have a baked mini muffuletta sandwich filled with ham, salami, provolone cheese and a special olive salad and Parmesan cheese dip.

Mini muffuletta sandwiches recipe

Yields 8


  • 8 small buns
  • 15 ounces olive salad
  • 8 thin slices deli ham
  • 8 thin slices hard salami
  • 8 thin slices provolone cheese
  • Olive salad dip (recipe follows)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lay out the bottom and top of the buns. Spread an equal amount of olive salad onto each half.
  3. Add ham, salami and provolone cheese to the bottom half of each bun. Wrap each sandwich in foil.
  4. Add sandwiches to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until warmed and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve warm with olive salad dip.

Twists on muffalettas

Olive salad dip recipe

Yields 1/2 cup


  • 1/3 cup olive salad
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Add all ingredients together and stir. If the sauce is too thick add more olive oil.

Twists on muffalettas

Next up, we have a delicious muffuletta dip. This gives you all of the flavor of the muffuletta sandwich but in a fun dip form. I served it with a delicious Cajun cheese bread, but I think chips would make an equally amazing dipper.

Muffuletta dip recipe

Adapted from MyRecipes

Yields 4 cups


  • 1 cup olive salad, drained
  • 1 cup diced hard salami
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped pepperoncini
  • 2 ounces sliced black olives
  • 2 ounces sliced green olives
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cajun cheese toast (recipe follows)


  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients.
  2. Cover and let sit refrigerated for a minimum of 4 hours. Serve cold with Cajun cheese toast.

Twists on muffalettas

Cajun cheese toast recipe

Yields 20 slices


  • 20 thin slices crusty bread, cut into 2 x 2-inch squares
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning, to taste
  • 30 small slices Provolone cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lay out bread on the baking sheet and brush the tops of the bread with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle each slice of bread with Cajun seasoning and top with cheese.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

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