Muffuletta Sliders Recipe

Tailgate Bites

From the World Series to the Super Bowl to a concert in the park, there’s hardly anything that’s more American than a tailgate party. These types of gatherings, however, aren’t just about the big game or the performance; they’re about coming together with family and friends for an evening (or even an entire day) full of cheering, laughter, and most importantly, scrumptious food and drink. If you’re looking to boost your own tailgate-hosting game, check out these featured recipes straight from the arsenals of the Scenic City’s expert entertainers. 


Photography by Rich Smith


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“I love this recipe because it reminds me of New Orleans, one of my family’s favorite places to visit. It makes for a great tailgate recipe because you can make it ahead of time, and it travels well – and who doesn’t love a sandwich with four kinds of meat!”

–Bruce Buntain, Red Bank


Muffuletta Sliders

Muffuletta Sliders

Bruce Buntain
Course Main Course
Cuisine Creole, New Orleans
Servings 4 servings


For the olive tapenade:

  • 1 cup black olives, finely chopped
  • 1 cup green olives, finely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup vinegar

For the sandwich:

  • 1 loaf Italian-style round bread
  • ¼ lb. thin-sliced ham
  • ¼ lb. thin-sliced capicola
  • ¼ lb. thin-sliced mortadella
  • ¼ lb. thin-sliced Genoa salami
  • ½ lb. provolone cheese
  • ½ lb. mozzarella cheese


  • Make the olive tapenade by combining all tapenade ingredients. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
  • When ready to assemble the sandwiches, slice the loaf of bread horizontally in half.
  • Spread a layer of olive tapenade on the bottom half.
  • Layer meats and cheeses as desired.
  • Top with another layer of olive tapenade and the top half of the bread.
  • To serve, cut in quarters.
Keyword Capicola, Genosa Salami, Ham, Mortadella, Mozzarella Cheese, Muffuletta, Olive Tapenade, Olives, Provolone Cheese, Salami, Sandwich, Sliders, Tailgating
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