The most important tip I can give you is to make sure your recipe ingredients are impeccably fresh and top quality. It's easy to find great bread almost everywhere. I love a walnut-raisin boule made at our local grocery store. The dark bread, chewy crust, sweet raisins and the crunchy walnuts make a fabulous bread that is perfect for a simple chicken salad sandwich. Experiment with different breads for your sandwiches. Try focaccia, toasted raisin bread, ciabatta, croissants, bagels, pita breads, onion rolls, flatbread, or toasted English muffins. Or put out flavored tortillas and your guests can make their own wrap sandwiches.
Set up this buffet with the breads in one area, the choice of meats, cheeses, and sandwich fillings next to that with lots of spreading utensils, and condiments last. Plates and lots of napkins are the only tools you need. Keep an eye on the time when you are setting out meats and cheeses for food safety reasons.
Let your imagination soar when planning this sandwich buffet and recipes. Feel free to substitute for any of the ingredients, and remember that just about every topping, cheese, and meat will mix and match beautifully. You might want to print out a list of ideas to spark your guest's imagination; use the recipes as inspiration. All you need to add is some fresh fruit, salads, and cake or homemade candies for dessert and you've got a party!
Make Ahead Sandwich Buffet Party Menu
- Crisp Chicken Sandwiches
This easy and delicious sandwich starts off with frozen breaded chicken patties! It's the toppings that make the difference and turn this sammie into a delicious treat.
- Chicken Pesto Sandwiches
Cream cheese, yogurt, and pesto make a flavorful and creamy base for these elegant sandwiches. Serve on split croissants for a more elegant touch.
- Baked Grilled Cheese Pesto Sandwiches
Baking grilled cheese sandwiches is a fabulous way to make a lot of sandwiches without having to stand over a stove. I love this easy recipe.
- Grilled Flank Steak Sandwiches
Marinate the flank steak, then grill it during the party and slice thinly. The steak is delicious whether it's served hot, at room temperature, or cold.
- Pimento Cheese
This excellent spread can be used all by itself, or with sliced chicken or ham.
- Ham Sandwiches With Blueberry Chutney
This delicious chutney is also great with thinly sliced roast beef or smoked turkey slices.
- Easy Chicken Pesto Sandwiches
These sandwiches are so easy to make, but special enough for company.
- Roast Beef Sandwiches With Garlic Aioli
Aioli is a French mayonnaise laden with garlic. Fresh basil and tomatoes are a fabulous addition to this wonderful sandwich.
- Salmon Pesto Rolls
These sandwiches are so rich and indulgent. Be sure to brush the avocado slices with lemon juice so they stay fresh and green.
- Turkey Sandwiches With Spinach Aioli
Spinach aioli is another wonderful sandwich spread. Set out smoked turkey, honey turkey, and plain turkey for these sandwiches.
- More Sandwich Recipes
Fruit Salad Recipes
- Carrot Pineapple Salad
This fresh salad is one of my favorites. Top it with a dollop of mayonnaise for the perfect finishing touch.
- Strawberry Melon Salad
A bit of cinnamon adds wonderful spark to sweet and tart fresh fruits in this easy make ahead salad.
- 24 Hour Salad
This sweet and creamy make ahead fruit salad is perfect for a buffet.
- More Fruit Salad Recipes
- Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
I adore this cake; I developed it by starting with an oatmeal cake and adding lots of chocolate. It's also perfect for a buffet because it's easy to slice and serve.
- Easy Rum Cake
This classic recipe should be made at least a day ahead of time so it has time to mellow.
- Cashew Truffles
Homemade truffles are sure to wow your guests!
- Crockpot Chocolate Cashew Drops
Use your crockpot to make these super simple, sweet, salty, and crunchy candies.
- More Cake Recipes