With Mardi Gras coming up we were excited to find this recipe that combines the taste of a New Orleans-style muffaletta with a thin-crust pizza.

According to Foxnews.com, start with a red pepper pesto blended from roasted bell peppers, capers and toasted walnuts. Then top that with an olive and cherry pepper blend, then finally sliced salami and provolone cheese.

For a shortcut version, prep the red pepper pesto and olive salad ahead of time. They can be refrigerated for several days. You also could substitute mixed marinated olives from the grocer's olive bar for the olive salad.

Read more for the complete lowdown on bringing together two great taste sensations in time for the Super Bowl or Mardi Gras.

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