Snacks and Pick-ups: Make-Ahead Mini Muffalettas

Muffallata13.04.15My husband loves to invite people over all the time for games or get-togethers.  My go-to appetizer for last-minute guests are my absolute favorite Mini Muffalettas  from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook.  I make plenty ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for the perfect snack or party food for quick and easy entertaining. The mix of sweet bread and salty olive salad with creamy cheese and ham is SO delicious! You will want to keep them on-hand too!  Oh, and sometimes I use sliced turkey-if you don’t want ham.  I think any time you come to my house, I have these in the freezer…as many times I pull out for my afternoon snack.

Mini Muffalettas from Holly Clegg trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites
All it takes is four easy ingredients and 15 minutes to create my popular version of this Louisiana favorite Italian-style sandwich. Make them ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake.

Makes 32 – 40 Mini Muffalettas

2 (12-ounce) packages party-size rolls (16-20 to a package)
1/2 pound thinly sliced lean ham
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian five-cheese blend
1 (16-ounce) jar chopped Italian olive salad, drained

1. Preheat oven 375°F.
2. Split rolls in half, lay on baking sheet. Divide ham, cheese, and olive salad onto each roll.
3. Replace bread tops. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 107, Calories from fat 48%, Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 9 mg, Sodium 260 mg, Carbohydrate 10 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 1 g, Protein 4 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 fat

TERRIFIC TIDBIT: Any combination of cheese may be used such as mozzarella, provolone, or Parmesan. Freeze Muffalettas before baking.


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