It’s Carnival season and there’s no shortage of delicious food to enjoy before, during, and after Fat Tuesday. If you’re having a Mardi Gras party, this slow cooker muffuletta dip is the perfect appetizer to serve to your krewe.
If you’ve ever travelled to New Orleans or are familiar with bayou cuisine, you may have tried a muffuletta. It’s one of my all-time favorite sandwiches. Muffuletta is both the name of a Sicilian sesame bread – and the name of a sandwich created by Italian immigrants in NOLA using the same bread. The sandwich combines Italian deli meats and cheeses with olive tapenade to create a layered sandwich unlike any other.
We transformed this quintessential New Orleans sammie into a dip for easy enjoyment at any party.
In a small slow cooker crock (we used a Hamilton Beach® 4-Quart Slow Cooker), combine giardiniera, cream cheese, chopped provolone cheese, cubed salami, and olives. Giardiniera is an Italian relish made of pickled vegetables. You can find it at the grocery store near the pickles.
Cover the slow cooker crock and cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 ½ hours or on LOW for 4 to 4 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
You can serve directly from the crock with pita chips, bagel chips, or with slices of crostini made with muffuletta bread if you really want to stay on theme.
This dip is cheesy, salty, creamy and made for all of the olive-lovers out there. This Mardi Gras, transport your guests to Bourbon Street with this slow cooker muffuletta dip.
Slow Cooker Mardi Gras Muffuletta Dip
- 1 jar (16 ounces) giardiniera, drained and coarsely chopped
- 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
- 1 package (8 ounces) sliced provolone cheese, coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces hard salami, cut in small cubes
- 1 cup sliced pimento stuffed olives
- ½ cup sliced olives
- Pita chips
- In a small slow cooker crock, combine all ingredients except pita chips.
- Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or LOW for 4 to 4 ½ hours. Stir occasionally.
- Serve with pita chips.
Other Mardi Gras recipes to try: