Muffaletta-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This flavor-packed grilled cheese sandwich is inspired by a beloved New Orleans specialty.

Muffaletta-Grilled Cheese Sandwiches With Romaine Salad

Fred Hardy

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

The beauty of a grilled cheese sandwich is that it can dress up in so many delicious ways. In this weeknight-friendly rendition it takes its cues from muffaletta, a hero-style sandwich hailing from New Orleans consisting of Italian bread, provolone, salami, ham, and jarred olive salad. Here, the store-bought olive salad is perked up with just a squeeze of lemon, and the sandwich is served alongside a lemony honey-mustard salad for a complete meal.


  • 1 tbsp honey dijon mustard

  • 2 tsp lemon zest

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup drained Italian olive salad

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 8 slices Italian bread

  • 8 slices provolone cheese

  • 8 slices capicola or deli ham (6 oz.)

  • 6 cups chopped Romaine lettuce


  1. Whisk mustard, lemon zest, salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a large bowl; gradually whisk in oil until combined.

  2. Stir together olive salad and remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a small bowl. Spread butter on 1 side of each bread slice. Place slices, buttered side down, on a work surface. Top each of 4 bread slices with 2 provolone slices, 2 hot capicola slices, and olive salad mixture. Top with remaining 4 bread slices, buttered side up.

  3. Place 2 sandwiches in a large nonstick skillet. Cook over medium until cheese has melted and bread is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 2 sandwiches.

  4. Toss lettuce with dressing until coated. Serve with sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

762 Calories
60g Fat
29g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 762
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 21g 104%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 1992mg 87%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 516mg 40%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 473mg 10%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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