Easy Mardi Gras Hot Muffuletta Dip is a tantalizing dip made with tasty green olives, salami, provolone cheese and tangy giardiniera.
These yummy ingredients are combined with cream cheese to make a hot and scrumptious dip that is guaranteed to make you swoon and is perfect for any Mardi Gras celebration or party.
I served this delicious Easy Mardi Gras Muffuletta Dip at a book club meeting held at my house, along with oh-so-sweet Pralines, a salty/sweet Mardi Gras Snack Mix and yes, Hurricanes! All of the ladies in my group seemed to enjoy the Mardi Gras themed snacks and yes, they enjoyed the Hurricanes, but the Muffuletta Dip which I served with toasted french bread slices was clearly the star of the show!
Looking for more Mardi Gras recipes? Check out my post, Ten Classic Mardi Gras Recipes.
The ingredients for Easy Mardi Gras Muffuletta Dip include the traditional ingredients which make up the filling for New Orleans’ style muffuletta sandwiches including green olives, salami, roasted red peppers, giardiniera, provolone cheese, and garlic powder. You can find jarred giardiniera, which is pickled carrots, cauliflower, celery and pepperoncini peppers, next to the pickles in your grocery store. I also added cream cheese, fresh parsley for garnish, and a little mozzarella cheese to bring all of the ingredients together in a dip.
When you are ready to make Easy Mardi Gras Hot Muffuletta Dip, gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the olives and drained giardiniera (use only the pickled cauliflower, carrots, celery and hot peppers, discard pickles if there are any) in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until everything is finely chopped.
Place this mixture in a bowl along with the softened cream cheese, salami, and provolone cheese and mix well to combine.
Place this mixture in an oven-safe dish which has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and top with the mozzarella cheese.*
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Garnish with parsley and serve with crackers or toasted French bread rounds.
* You can make Easy Mardi Gras Hot Muffuletta Dip a day or so ahead. Just cover it unbaked, and refrigerate until you are ready to bake it.