Muffuletta Grilled Cheese Recipe

Tanya Schroeder | Lemons for Lulu

Muffuletta Grilled Cheese has the gorgeous, briny taste of olives with warm comforting cheese. You'll never go back to plain grilled again.

In general, I'm not a person who has a motto. I try very hard to live by a certain code of ethics and consider myself a good person. But when I expire, my kids will never utter, "Mom always said...”

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The only thing that vaguely resembles a motto is "never look back". That's my big advice, never look back, if you do, you may find yourself filled with regrets.

No one has time for regrets.

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Do I have any regrets? Well, maybe one. When I was in college, a huge group of friends went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

I was too poor to go with them. I stayed home to work and to hang out at the usual dive bars with the other poor college students.

When my friends returned from their trip to the Big Easy, I admit I was a tad bit jealous of all their stories. That, my friend, is my big regret.

I wish I had tried harder to find a way to go to New Orleans.

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Sure, I could go to New Orleans now, but it wouldn’t be the same care-free trip as it would have been back then. I have three kids, and even if my husband and I left the kids behind, I’m older and have no patience for throngs of drunken people.

If I’m being totally honest, I can’t stay up late anymore and I hate hangovers.

Instead of dwelling on the trip-that-should-have-been, I make muffulettas. I make muffuletta pizza and muffuletta dip just to keep in the spirit of New Orleans.

I love Muffulettas! It's the olive salad that lures me in. It is such an easy thing to make and you can add or remove ingredients to suit your tastes.

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For this grilled cheese, I chopped green olives, black olives, jarred roasted red peppers and spicy giardiniera.

You could add artichokes, capers or banana peppers. It's up to you. My advice would be to make extra olive salad and try making pizza or a hoagie dip.

No matter what you do, make sure the bread is fresh - you can even use the sourdough bread recipe we have here on Food Fanatic. And definitely make sure you throw a flavorful side in there, like David's grilled sweet potatoes.

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Muffuletta Grilled Cheese Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 4 slices Sourdough Bread
  • 6 slices Provolone Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Green Olives, Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Black Olives, Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 2 tablespoons Giardiniera, Chopped


  1. In a small bowl combine green olives, black olives, red bell peppers, garlic and giardinara. Set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Butter one side of each bread slice with a half teaspoon of butter. Lay two slices of bread, buttered side down in the skillet.
  4. Place one and half slices of provolone cheese on each piece of bread. Divide half of olive salad and place over cheese.
  5. Place remaining slices of cheese over olive salad, top with remaining bread slices, buttered side up. Toast sandwich for 3 - 4 minutes per side or until golden.


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Author: Tanya Schroeder
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 232
Calories 705

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g
  Saturated Fat 14g
Sodium 2397mg
Total Carbohydrate 68g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 29g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Tanya Schroeder

About Tanya

Tanya covers every kind of meal on Lemons for Lulu. As our Sandwiches fanatic, she's going to wow you with Sandwich greatness, proving there's more to it than just bread, cheese, and meat.

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