Delicious Mortadella on Freshly Baked Focaccia Recipe

Greetings food enthusiasts! As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisines, I am thrilled to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes – Warm Mortadella on Focaccia. You might be thinking, “Mortadella? Isn’t that just fancy bologna?” But trust me when I say that there is nothing ordinary about this dish.

Mortadella is a cured meat that originated in Bologna, Italy, and has been enjoyed by foodies worldwide for centuries. In this recipe, we will take it to the next level by pairing it with fresh mozzarella cheese, creamy burrata pesto, and a spicy Calabrian hot spread, all nestled on top of a warm slice of delicious focaccia bread.

Not only is this sandwich incredibly flavorful and easy to make, but it’s also versatile enough to be offered as a light lunch or served at your next dinner party. So let’s get started on creating this mouth-watering recipe that’s sure to impress.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Warm Mortadella on Focaccia
Warm Mortadella on Focaccia

Are you ready to taste something amazing? This warm mortadella on focaccia recipe is exactly what you need in your life! Trust me, this recipe will change the way you think about sandwiches.

First off, who doesn’t love focaccia bread? This Italian flatbread is soft, chewy, and topped with just the right amount of olive oil and fresh basil leaves. It’s the perfect base for this sandwich.

But what really sets this sandwich apart is the warm mortadella. Thinly sliced and gently fried, the mortadella is bursting with flavor. Serve it up with some fresh mozzarella cheese and a dollop of calabrian hot spread for an extra kick.

Trust me when I say that once you’ve tasted this sandwich, you’ll be hooked. It’s a gourmet twist on a classic sandwich that will leave your taste buds craving more.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Jeff Mauro or Anthony Bourdain – two chefs who know a thing or two about good food. They both raved about their mortadella sandwiches, and so will you!

So go ahead and give this recipe a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 Bite into this warm and savory sandwich on a cold day
Bite into this warm and savory sandwich on a cold day

Ingredients for Warm Mortadella on Focaccia Recipe

  • 1 focaccia bread: The star ingredient of this recipe has olive oil-infused, fluffy bread with a crispy crust. It serves as an excellent base for the mortadella, adding texture and flavor to the sandwich.
  • 8 oz thinly sliced mortadella: This bologna-like Italian sausage is the protagonist of this dish, giving it a unique flavor and a great source of protein.
  • 2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese: A fresh taste complements the salty flavour of mortadella. You can use buffalo or cow’s milk mozzarella or even swap it with burrata cheese.
  • Pesto, Calabrian hot or hot spread: This ingredient adds extra flavour to warm mortadella focaccia sandwiches. Pesto adds freshness and herbal aroma, while Calabrian hot enhances the spicy flavor. In contrast, hot spread gives that extra heat without overpowering the overall taste in every bite.
  • Fresh basil leaves: Another condiment that complements and balances out all flavors included in this recipe.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Its fruity and bitter flavor brings out the best in focaccia by adding depth and structure to each bite.

Note: While these ingredients create the classic version of Warm Mortadella on Focaccia, try experimenting with variations that suit your taste preferences.

The Recipe How-To

 Bring some Brazilian flair into your lunch with this recipe
Bring some Brazilian flair into your lunch with this recipe

Now it’s time to tackle the most important part of this recipe article, the how-to guide. In this section, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of creating a warm mortadella focaccia sandwich that will leave your taste buds wanting more.


  • 1 focaccia bread, sliced in half
  • 8 oz thinly sliced mortadella
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and chopped basil leaves.
  3. Rub the inside of each slice of focaccia bread with the olive oil mixture.
  4. On one of the slices of bread, spread a thin layer of calabrian hot spread.
  5. Layer thinly sliced mortadella on top of the calabrian hot spread.
  6. Slice 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese into thin slices and add them on top of the mortadella layer.
  7. Drizzle and spread fig jam over the cheese and whole mortadella layer.
  8. Top with another layer of thinly sliced mortadella and then top with another layer of fresh mozzarella cheese.
  9. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the other slice of focaccia bread .
  10. Place both slices of focaccia into preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is warmed.
  11. Remove from oven and let it rest for few seconds before closing the sandwich together.

Note: If you prefer cold sandwiches, skip step 1 and enjoy a refreshing cold version instead!

Now that you know how to make this delicious warm mortadella focaccia sandwich, you can easily recreate it from home. Don’t forget to experiment with different substitutions and variations to make it your own. Enjoy this mouth-watering sandwich with a side of your favorite chips or pickles, and you’ve got yourself a fulfilling meal.

Substitutions and Variations

 Layers of flavors and textures make this sandwich a winner
Layers of flavors and textures make this sandwich a winner

Looking for a way to put your own spin on the Warm Mortadella on Focaccia recipe? Look no further! Here are some substitutions and variations that will allow you to make this classic Italian sandwich in your own unique way.

Firstly, if you’re looking for different meat options, try substituting the mortadella with prosciutto or salami. These popular Italian meats will bring a new flavor profile to the dish while still retaining the essence of an Italian focaccia sandwich. You could also use turkey, which will give a milder taste to the sandwich and make it lower in fat.

Another option is to switch up the cheese. Mozzarella is the star player in this sandwich, but you can also try using provolone, fontina or Gouda cheese. Each of these cheeses will subtly change the flavor of the sandwich giving it a delicious twist.

For those who prefer a spicier option, add some Calabrian chili paste or hot sauce to your spread. This will give your sandwich an extra kick of heat that pairs well with mortadella’s rich flavor.

Lastly, if you want to try something completely new, stuff burrata cheese with pistachio cream inside the Focaccia bread before starting with the recipe. Slicing some fried mortadella over it and topping it with pesto will create a delicious Pistachio Burrata Focaccia Sandwich.

Whatever substitutions or variations you choose, let your creativity flow and wow your taste buds with these scrumptious ways to prepare Warm Mortadella on Focaccia Recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Melted cheese and mortadella combine to make a gooey mess worth indulging in
Melted cheese and mortadella combine to make a gooey mess worth indulging in

When it comes to serving and pairing the Warm Mortadella on Focaccia recipe, there are a few options to consider. Firstly, this sandwich can be served as a main dish for lunch or dinner, or it can be sliced into smaller portions for sharing at a gathering or party. Additionally, this recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a quick and easy meal solution that doesn’t compromise on flavor.

To enhance the flavors of this sandwich, I recommend pairing it with a cold glass of crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Alternatively, if you prefer beer, you could opt for a light lager or pilsner. The lightness and crispness of these drinks help to cut through the richness of the mortadella and fresh mozzarella cheese, making for a well-balanced meal.

If you’re looking to take this recipe to the next level, try serving it with some lightly dressed greens on the side, such as arugula tossed with lemon and extra virgin olive oil. The peppery tones of the arugula pair perfectly with the creaminess of the mozzarella cheese and provide an added crunch to the sandwich.

Another fantastic way to enjoy this recipe is by pairing it with a bowl of hot soup on a cold day. A tomato-based soup like minestrone or vegetable soup would work perfectly here. The warm soup provides a cozy comfort food element while the sandwich satisfies any hunger cravings.

Overall, the Warm Mortadella on Focaccia recipe is incredibly versatile and can be paired with many different sides and drinks depending on your preferences. So whether you’re enjoying it at home solo or sharing it with friends at a social gathering, this recipe is sure to please everyone’s taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get your focaccia fix with this easy-to-make recipe
Get your focaccia fix with this easy-to-make recipe

Now that you’ve perfected your warm mortadella on focaccia recipe, it’s time to learn how to properly store and reheat it for later. Luckily, this recipe is a great option for meal prepping and can be made ahead of time.

To make ahead, simply prepare the recipe as directed, letting the sandwich cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or placing it in an airtight container. Store the sandwich in the fridge for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to reheat your sandwich, preheat your oven to 350°F and remove the plastic wrap or container. Place the mortadella focaccia on a baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

If you’re looking for a faster option, try reheating your sandwich in the microwave. Cover the mortadella focaccia with a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until warmed through.

It’s important to note that the quality of the mortadella focaccia may change slightly after reheating, but it should still taste delicious. Additionally, if you want to add any toppings like fresh basil leaves or calabrian hot spread, wait until after reheating to prevent them from becoming soggy.

Now that you know how to properly store and reheat your warm mortadella on focaccia sandwich, you can enjoy it at any time without having to worry about sacrificing quality or taste.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Satisfy your hunger with this hearty sandwich
Satisfy your hunger with this hearty sandwich

Making the perfect focaccia with warm mortadella takes some practice, so here are some tips to ensure that you end up with a mouth-watering sandwich every time.

First, be sure to preheat your oven. A hot oven is key to getting that irresistible crispness on the outside of your focaccia bread. You want to bake your bread at 375°F/190°C for about 10-15 minutes.

While the bread is baking, it’s important to keep an eye on your toppings. Arrange your thinly sliced mortadella on top of the bread just before you put it in the oven. The cheese should go on right after the mortadella. This timing will give the cheese enough time to melt and ooze into all the nooks and crannies of the focaccia.

When choosing your ingredients, don’t skimp on quality. Use fresh mozzarella cheese and high-quality mortadella for best results. Also, make sure to slice them thin enough so that they cook evenly in the oven.

One of my favorite parts of this recipe is adding fresh basil leaves to garnish the final dish. The vibrant green color adds a pop of freshness and flavor that pairs perfectly with the warm mortadella and rich cheese.

Finally, be creative! This rustic Italian sandwich is so versatile, you can add or substitute anything you like. Try different spreads like calabrian hot or fig jam. For an even more decadent twist, try frying your mortadella before putting it in the sandwich.

With these tips, you’ll elevate your homemade focaccia with warm mortadella from good to great. Give it a try and impress your guests with a delicious sandwich that’s full of personality!


Now that we have gone through the steps and ingredients to make this delicious warm mortadella on focaccia recipe, you may have some questions or concerns about it. In this section, I’ll address some of the most common doubts people may have when trying to make this dish. From ingredient substitutions to cooking variations, I’ve got you covered with tips and recommendations to ensure your success in the kitchen. So let’s dive into the Frequently Asked Questions section!

What is the best way to use mortadella?

Mortadella can be enjoyed in various ways, both hot and cold. It is a versatile ingredient that enhances the taste of sandwiches, paninis, pasta dishes, and meatballs. Additionally, it can be transformed into a creamy spread.

Do you cook mortadella?

To make a delicious sandwich, start by frying mortadella stacks in a heavy frying pan until they are slightly browned and crispy on both sides. Once done, take the pan off the heat and assemble the sandwich by placing a mortadella stack on a slice of bread. Add a slice of provolone cheese and another slice of bread on top to complete the sandwich.

What cheese goes best with mortadella?

When it comes to pairing with mortadella, two types of cheese stand out. The first one is Pecorino Toscano which has a delightful aroma of milk. The second is Parmigiano Reggiano, which is produced in the same region as mortadella and complements it perfectly.

Is bologna the same as mortadella?

Bologna is a variation of mortadella with a simpler texture. Mortadella contains fat cubes and pistachios, which break up the meat, while bologna has a consistent texture and uniform appearance.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, if you’re looking for a delicious and unique sandwich recipe, try making Warm Mortadella on Focaccia! This recipe combines the savory taste of mortadella with the soft and crispy texture of focaccia bread. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist this mouth-watering sandwich.

You’ll love the warm mortadella paired with fresh mozzarella cheese and fragrant basil leaves. And the touch of calabrian hot spread adds a bit of heat that will keep you coming back for more.

Whether you’re making it for lunch, dinner, or a quick snack, this mortadella focaccia sandwich is easy to make and perfect for any occasion.

So don’t hesitate to give this recipe a try and impress your family and friends with your culinary skills. They’ll surely be raving about this delicious and unique creation inspired by renowned chefs like Jeff Mauro and Anthony Bourdain.

Warm Mortadella on Focaccia

Warm Mortadella on Focaccia Recipe

Recipe from the free sample lady at Costco, where they make really good focaccia. This recipe serves two people for a nice lunch.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Calories 847.3 kcal


  • focaccia bread (enough to make 2 sandwiches)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces mortadella, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, washed and dried


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Split the focaccia and drizzle the inside of each with the olive oil.
  • Layer basil leaves, mortadella and mozzarella.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Eat hot and enjoy.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 228gCalories: 847.3kcalCarbohydrates: 5.5gProtein: 37.5gFat: 74.8gSaturated Fat: 25.7gCholesterol: 130.7mgSodium: 1946.9mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.9g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Cheese, Easy, European, High In..., High Protein, Lunch, Meat, Oven, Pork, Savory, Very Low Carbs
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.