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Replicate our Alexander’s Muffuletta Olive Relish Cooking Demo Recipe

muffuletta bread sandwich on white table cloth with greenery in the background at Alexander's

The original muffuletta sandwich was created by Salvatore Lupo in 1906 at the Central Grocery, which is now a third-generation family run deli in New Orleans. Traditionally, the muffuletta sandwich is a spilt muffuletta bread layered with marinated olive salad, salami, ham, provolone, Swiss cheese and mortadella. Now you can learn how to create the Muffuletta Olive Relish that was made at our Hilton Head Cooking Demo!

Alexander's cooking demo with chef demonstrating in front of an audience


½ head of cauliflower cut into small florets

1 red pepper, diced

2 medium sized carrots, diced

4 garlic cloves minced

Half a yellow onion, julienned cut

¼ cup capers, drained of the juice

½ cup avocado or grapeseed oil

1 cup green olives with pimentos, chopped

3 stalks celery, diced

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 cup red wine vinegar

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Muffuletta Bread (or substitute with Focaccia, Ciabatta, Baguette)

Choice of Meats and Cheeses

Olive Relish Preparation

1. Place all of your vegetables into a shallow baking dish or casserole pan (this allows the dressing to cover all of the vegetables)

2. Mix the dried herbs with the oil and vinegar and pour over the vegetables

3. Mix everything together thoroughly and let marinate for at least 24 hours

(Place the relish into smaller containers and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.)

Sandwich Preparation

During our Alexander’s Restaurant cooking demo we used muffuletta bread, but you can also substitute with focaccia, ciabatta, baguette, etc. Cut the bread (use a serrated knife if possible) and then begin layering the sandwich with your choice of meats and cheese. Our featured deli meats were salami, mortadella, ham and for the cheese with used provolone and Swiss.

view of the muffuletta sandwich on a white plate and white tablecloth

Time to get cooking! Try this recipe at home and bring the tastes of Palmetto Dunes to your kitchen. We hope to see you at Alexander’s Restauranton your next Hilton Head Island vacation for a cooking demo or lagoon side dinner. To view the full 2023 Cooking Demo lineup, click here.

sun setting behind the porch of Alexander's Restaurant


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