Game Day Cooking: Mini Muffulettas from the Southern Living Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook

Picture this: It’s game day and the snacks are your responsibility this week. Whether you’re hosting everyone at your place or headed to the stadium for a big tailgate, it’s on YOU to provide the munchies. Sure, it’s easy to throw together some chips and dip and call it a day, but but we’ve got the recipe that will change everything. Dare we say it’s…..~*game*~ changing?! #punny

What is this delicious snack we’re raving about? Two words: Mini Muffulettas.

Before you scoff and reject this mouth-watering creation in favor of the standard pizza-and-wings spread, hear us out. These little guys will be the hit of your game day tradition. Think of them as personal sub sandwiches, chock full of all the stuff you love – cheese, meats, veggies, and dressing – all on a mini bun. Easy to grab and even easier to enjoy.

So, where did we find such a perfect game day dish? This recipe was plucked right from the pages of the Southern Living Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook (available in select B&N College campus bookstores)! When we saw this book in our stores and flipped through page after page of tasty recipes, we knew it was something we had to share with our readers! Keep reading for the complete recipe.



Mini Muffulettas | Makes: 12 appetizer servings | Hands-on Time: 25 min. | Total Time: 25 min.


2 (16-oz.) jars mixed pickled vegetables

3⁄4 cup pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives, chopped

2 Tbsp. bottled olive oil-and-vinegar dressing

12 small dinner rolls, cut in half

6 Swiss cheese slices, cut in half

12 thin deli ham slices

12 Genoa salami slices

6 provolone cheese slices, cut in half


1. Pulse pickled vegetables in a food processor 8 to 10 times or until finely chopped. Stir in olives and dressing.

2. Spread 1 heaping tablespoonful pickled vegetable mixture over cut side of each roll bottom. Top each with 1 Swiss cheese slice half, 1 ham slice, 1 salami slice, 1 provolone cheese slice half, and roll tops. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap, and chill until ready to serve.

Note: We tested with Mezzetta Italian Mix Giardiniera pickled vegetables and Newman’s Own Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing.


Be sure to swing by your Barnes & Noble College campus bookstore and look for the Southern Living Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook! It’s got the scoop on hosting the absolute best tailgate – from tips for grilling, to pre-prepped meals and more.

And don’t forget to share your own game day recipes with us! Tweet us your favorites and we just might feature yours next.


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