Food Recipes Muffaletta-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Be the first to rate & review! This flavor-packed grilled cheese sandwich is inspired by a beloved New Orleans specialty. By Liz Mervosh Liz Mervosh Elizabeth Mervosh is a product tester and recipe developer for the Meredith Food Studios in Birmingham, Alabama. Highlights: * Went to work at Meredith Food Studios in 2017 * It houses test kitchens for Southern Living, Real Simple, Food & Wine, People, and Health * Went to culinary school at The Culinary Institute of America * Got her start working in restaurants Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on February 17, 2023 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Fred Hardy Prep Time: 30 mins Total Time: 30 mins Servings: 4 Jump to Nutrition Facts 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. Ingredients 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 Directions Whisk mustard, lemon zest, salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a large bowl; gradually whisk in oil until combined. 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. 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. Toss lettuce with dressing until coated. Serve with sandwiches. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 762 Calories 60g Fat 29g Carbs 29g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.