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Christmas Leftovers Bread Bowl Sandwich (Muffuletta)

Here’s an epic way to use your Christmas leftover – make a toasted bread bowl sandwich! Based on a type of Italian sandwich called Muffulettas, these are currently all the rage in Sydney so you can feel very on trend!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, christmas, christmas dish
Servings 4 People
Calories 574 kcal


  • 1 round or oval bread loaf
  • 300 g ham turkey and other cooked meat slices
  • 1 cup roughly chopped antipasto things olives, sun dried tomato, chargrilled peppers, artichokes, feta etc
  • 5 slices cheese of choice
  • 3 big handfuls baby spinach ~75g / 2.5oz
  • 50 g salted butter melted
  • 1 garlic clove minced


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Mix butter and garlic.
  • Cut the top off the bread loaf. Pick out bread from the loaf and the lid, leaving a wall and floor about 1.5cm / 3/5" thick.
  • Place bread on a large sheet of foil on a baking tray.
  • Dab / brush inside with butter. Layer with: half spinach, turkey, antipasto things, remaining spinach, ham, cheese.
  • Tuck flappy bits inside the loaf, top with lid.
  • Brush with butter all over. Wrap with foil.
  • Weigh down with something flat and heavy - cast iron skillet is ideal.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove skillet and foil.
  • Bake for a further 10 minutes until golden.
  • Cut into thick slices and serve immediately!
Keyword christmas, christmas appetizer, christmas leftover