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Turkey Muffuletta

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Makes

6 servings

You have to resist the temptation to eat this impressive, multi-layered sandwich immediately! It needs to "rest" at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld. But it's worth the wait. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 pound sliced deli turkey
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Cut bread in half lengthwise; carefully hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, basil, garlic, salt and pepper flakes; brush over cut sides of bread.
  3. In the bottom bread shell, layer with turkey, provolone cheese, red peppers, olives and tomato. Sprinkle with Romano cheese, oregano and pepper. Replace bread top.
  4. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into slices.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 517 calories, 25g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 1861mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.

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