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Feb 26, 2013 12:06 PM

Muffaletta Bread in Manhattan

I am desperate...Can you guys help?

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  1. The traditional bread for Muffuletta is a large round Italian country loaf. what are you looking for?

    1. I'm looking for traditional muffaletta bread. i didn't realize it was italian country bread.

      1. New Orleanian living in NYC here.

        I've never seen a muffuletta loaf in a NYC bakery, and am guessing that local NOLA-style restaurants either substitute other breads for their muff loaves, or bake their own. A New Orleans muffuletta is a BIG sandwich -- 9 or 10 inches in diameter.

        I think a fluffy focaccia (around 2 inches high) split horizontally is one substitute that might work nicely. But I wouldn't sweat the bread too much. As long as your filling ingredients are solid, I doubt you'll hear any complaints!

        If you're feeling ambitious, you could try baking your own bread. Here's one recipe:

        And Chuck Taggert has a good recipe for the all-important olive salad:

        Good luck!

        1. Awesome, thank you! I actually have the olive salad (straight from NOLA). I don't know why I always sweat the bread though. Your tips are incredibly helpful!

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          1. re: RebelWithaCause

            There was also a recipe on here for the olive salad which I have used in the past. I made individual muffs a few years ago for one of the Saints playoffs games on their SB run, don't remember what type of bread I used but no one complained

            1. re: roro1831

              I tested the olive salad last night and seriously, it's kinda all you need! ;)

          2. focaccia works just fine - i use trader joe's rosemary focaccia and it blends quite well with the meat and olive salad.

            i ordered my central grocery olive salad from this site, and they also have muffuletta bread if you're looking for something more authentic!