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Muffuletta Cheese Ball (Mardi Gras Appetizer)

When you are craving all the flavors of a traditional muffuletta sandwich from New Orleans but you can’t get there just now, satisfy them with this Muffuletta Cheese Ball. Full of spicy Capicola ham, Genoa salami, provolone cheese, and olive salad, it will keep you and all your cravings happy!

Instead of making a muffuletta sandwich, opt for this delicious muffuletta cheese ball covered in olive salad! #MardiGras #Muffuletta #CheeseBall #PartyFoods


Have you ever been to New Orleans? You might recall the story of my first visit in my post about Muffuletta Deviled Eggs and how I ordered a ginormous sandwich thinking I could take it on.

In case you haven’t gotten to read it yet, a Muffaletta is a delicious sandwich creation that was started by Italian immigrants in New Orleans. The name is also used to describe a round Sicilian sesame bread that the sandwich is built on.

This New Orleans sandwich is full of meats, cheeses, and an amazing olive salad. The heart of the Muffeletta is the layers of salami, ham, mortadella, Swiss and provolone cheeses. All very good on their own, they make an amazing combo in the sandwich.

Let’s discuss the meats a bit. I prefer the Genoa salami over a hard salami when making sandwiches because its made with pork instead of beef, it’s a little more moist, and has a tart flavor because of the wine used in making it.

Genoa is usually studded with peppercorns which I love! I’m not usually a ham kind of girl so I choose a hot Capicola ham for more kick. If you love mortadella, feel free to use it too. It can be a little pricier and harder to find so just go with what you love!

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This muffuletta cheese ball is great as an appetizer or a hearty party food at your Mardi Gras party! #MardiGras #Muffuletta #cheeseball


The star of the sandwich show is all the rich meats, but the muffuletta olive salad brings it all together! The homemade olive salad recipe, which Central Grocery is famous for, is full of black and green olives, celery, cauliflower, carrots, sweet peppers, various spices and olive oil.

This historic new Orleans landmark sells it by the jar along with all the other ingredients to make the traditional Muffuletta.

Sandwiches are a great appetizer to serve at parties, but depending on the ingredients, might not do well to assemble and then sit out for long periods of time.

The olive salad in the muffuletta makes a great case for this. I don’t know about you, but I do not like soggy bread unless it is soggy because I am sopping up some sauce.

The best way to preserve the flavors of the famous Muffletta sandwich without risking soggy bread is to make a cheese ball!

Grab some hearty and sturdy crackers or crostini for this muffuletta cheese ball! #Muffuletta #muffaletta #cheeseball


My muffuletta cheese ball is all the best parts of the sandwich but in an easier to make and serve dish. For this specific cheeseball recipe I opted to use Genoa salami, spicy Capicola ham, and provolone cheese.

Mixing all the meats and cheeses, along with a little of the olive salad and spices, gets you a delicious cheese ball that you can store for a few days making it easier to get ready for the party.

Just pull the muffuletta cheese ball out when you are ready to party and dress it up with even more of the tangy olive salad, some extra meat and cheese, and surround it with sturdy crackers and crostini!

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You can mix the cheeseball together but I would hold off on coating with the olive salad until ready to serve.


Feel free to use a spicy salami, spicy ham, or pepperoni in a pinch!


Absolutely you can! I like Castelvetrano olives

the ingredients to a muffuletta sandwich with some cream cheese and you have the perfect cheese ball! #Muffuletta #cheeseball #Appetizer


Something strong and sturdy is best. I found great results with some “melba” toasts, crostini, and thick club crackers.

Looking for a Mardi Gras recipe to take to a party you’ve been invited to? Check out all these Mardi Gras Ideas, both sweet and savory, to fit your special occasion!

Whether you are in New Orleans or not, or even if it isn’t even Mardi Gras time, celebrate your own Fat Tuesday with this Muffuletta Cheese Ball that is sure to be a hit at any occasion!

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Serve this hearty Muffuletta CheeseBall with mini toasts, crackers, and crostini! #Muffuletta #CheeseBall #partyfood #MardiGras


Muffuletta Cheese Ball

Muffuletta Cheese Ball

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Full of spicy Capicola, salami, provolone cheese, and olive salad, this muffuletta cheese ball will keep you and all your guests happy during Mardi Gras!


  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 6 slices* hot Capicola ham (choppped fine)
  • 6 slices* Genoa salami (chopped fine)
  • 6 slices* Provolone cheese (chopped fine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 1 tablespoon green onion (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup olive salad (chopped small)
  • 1 cup olive salad (rough chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (toasted)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, mozzarella, Capicola, salami, provolone, green onions, spices, 1/4 cup olive salad, and sesame seeds.
  2. Completely combine.
  3. Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
  5. When ready to serve, unwrap the cheese ball.
  6. Roll in or use your hands to coat the outside of the cheese ball with olive salad.
  7. Place on serving platter and sprinkle with extra sesame seeds for garnish and surround with any extra chopped meats, cheeses, and sturdy crackers!


* 6 slices is appx the same as 2 ounces or 1/8 pound or 1/2 cup chopped.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 1321mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

Don't travel to New Orleans to get a Muffuletta, make one at home into a cheeseball! #Muffuletta #cheeseball #NewOrleans Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.


Thursday 26th of October 2023

I went online to search for ideas on how to use muffuletta. I bought a jar on a whim without really knowing what to do with it. This recipe is great and I'll definitely make it again. It's a nice way to have something a little different on a typical charcuterie spread.

Jennifer Stewart

Friday 27th of October 2023

I am so glad you liked it! I also have a muffuletta deviled eggs recipe you might like! That olive salad is addicting!


Friday 31st of December 2021

I made it for New Year's eve...a BIG hit with the family. Can it be frozen?


Monday 10th of January 2022

I am so glad you liked it! I wouldn't recommend freezing it. The cream cheese will change texture and the olives and salami will weep out moisture and make a big old mess.

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Tuesday 31st of March 2020

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Sunday 10th of February 2019

This is a great twist on a cheese ball! The flavors sound so delicious.

Julie Menghini

Saturday 9th of February 2019

I love that cheeseball! It's truly unique and I'd love it for lunch or an appetizer!

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