Campsite Recipes

Fuel Your Outdoor Adventure with this Make-Ahead Camping Muffuletta

When you’re on a camping trip, you want to enjoy delicious food without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. That’s where our make-ahead Camping Muffuletta comes in. This hearty sandwich is packed with flavor and can be made ahead of time so you can spend more time exploring the great outdoors.

To make this classic New Orleans sandwich, you’ll need a loaf of crusty bread, cured meats, olive salad, cheese, and vegetables. Simply layer the ingredients on the bread and enjoy. The Muffuletta is even better if you let it sit for a few hours or left overnight so the flavors can meld.

This Camping Muffuletta is the perfect meal for a trail-side picnic or a quick lunch while you’re setting up camp. So next time you’re planning a camping trip, be sure to pack a Camping Muffuletta. It’s sure to become a new favorite!

Level: Easy

Total: 8 hr 25 min (includes chilling time)
Active: 25 min

Yield: 6 servings


One 12-ounce loaf Italian bread, about 16-inches long or round loaf of Sicilian bread

Olive tapenade

1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, drained and roughly chopped

8 ounces sliced provolone cheese

6 ounces sliced mortadella

6 ounces sliced salami

6 ounces sliced ham 

Note: we kept the vegetables simple on this version but feel free to add fresh tomatoes, onions, and peppers.


  1. Slice the loaf in half lengthwise and hollow out the bottom half, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Save the bread filling for another (like bread crumbs).
  2. Layer the bottom half of bread with half of the cheese, then spread half of the olive tapenade on top of the cheese. 
  3. Follow by spreading with half of the chopped roasted red peppers.
  4. Top with the mortadella, salami, ham and the remaining cheese. Spread the remaining olive tapenade and roasted red peppers on to the top half of the bread. 
  5. Close the sandwich and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. The sandwich can be made and refrigerated the night before. Pack it on the bottom of your cooler and let the weight of the other food press and flatten the sandwich.
  6. When you are ready to serve, cut in to 6 even pieces.

Adapted from this Food Network Camping Muffuleta recipe.