New Orleans-Style Muffuletta
Olive salad -- piled onto ciabatta with layers of Italian meats and cheeses -- distinguishes this sandwich from an ordinary sub.
Prepare as above, except omit the olives, parsley, lemon juice, and oregano and omit Step 1. Drain one 16-ounce jar of pickled mixed vegetables (giardiniera), reserving the liquid. Chop the vegetables, removing any pepperoncini stems if present. In a medium bowl stir together chopped vegetables; 2 tablespoons of the reserved liquid; 1/4 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives and/or pitted ripe olives; 1 clove garlic, minced; and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Assemble sandwich as above, spooning the pickled vegetable mixture on top of the tomato slices.