This Muffuletta Panini has all the elements of the classic New Orleans sandwich, pressed into a cheesy panini and grilled until crisp.
For the olive salad:
1cupchopped pitted pimiento stuffed green olives
1/2cupchopped pitted Kalamata olives
1/2cupchopped roasted red bell peppers
2tablespoonschopped fresh parsley
1/4cupchopped celery leaves
1tablespoonred wine vinegar
For the panini:
163/4 ounceslices Italian Blend cheese
1/3lbsliced genoa salami
1/3lbsliced deli ham
To make the olive salad, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If possible, let the mixture sit for at least 2 hours so the flavors can meld together.
To make the panini, preheat a panini press on medium high heat.
Spread the outer edges of the Italian sandwich bread with the softened butter, then spread a spoonful of the olive salad on the inside of each piece of bread. Place two slices of cheese on top of the olive salad on each piece of bread. Then layer on a couple slices of mortadella, genoa salami, and deli ham. Close the sandwich and place on the panini press.
Press the lid of the panini maker down firmly, and cook the sandwich for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve and enjoy!