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Three Tasty And Travel-Friendly Sandwich Ideas For Your Party Or Pot-Luck

The next time you are asked to bring a dish to a party, pot-luck, or other gathering, bring something that you know will get gobbled up: sandwiches! Everyone loves a good sandwich, and the following ideas can be varied based on your own personal preferences and tastes.

Three simple and savory sandwich suggestions for your gathering are:

Kaiser rolls and antipasti. Pick up some fresh-baked Kaiser rolls to pair with pickled Italian vegetables, hard salami, and thick cuts of provolone cheese to create antipasti, of sorts, that will be the hit of any dinner or event. Try these tips:

  1. Make a sandwich spread that won't require refrigeration, such as a spicy mustard or vinaigrette instead of mayo-based condiments.
  2. Can't find pickled Italian vegetables in your store? Quick-pickle your own cucumbers, red onion slices, and blanched broccoli florets in vinegar overnight.
  3. For a protein-punch, dice up pickled hard-boiled eggs and sprinkle these on top of your Kaiser roll and pickled vegetables.

Loaded flatbread. Try loading a loaf of flatbread—toasted or not—with some interesting components to create an easy-to-carry dish that will be a new favorite at your next pot-luck. Some suggestions include:

  1. Brush your flatbread with a mixture of melted butter, onion powder, and minced garlic before toasting in a hot oven for a few minutes.
  2. Try a Hawaiian-inspired flatbread by topping with diced ham, chopped pineapple, and jalapeno slices.
  3. Try serving your fresh-baked flatbread with dips instead of toppings. Try dipping wedges in guacamole, hummus, or onion dip.

Hot Hawaiian rolls. Hawaiian sweet rolls are soft, doughy, and just a little bit sweet, which makes them an excellent choice for salty and savory toppings. Bake or toast in the oven to give them a little crunch, while the insides remain soft and delectable. Try this easy sandwich idea using Hawaiian rolls:

  1. Slice the entire loaf of rolls horizontally, leaving you with a top layer and a bottom layer.
  2. Layer ham, cheese, or whatever cold-cuts you like on the bottom layer, which is placed in a baking dish.
  3. Add the top layer of rolls, brush with melted garlic butter, and cover with foil.
  4. Bake in a hot oven for ten minutes; uncover and bake a little longer. If taking to an event, you could make these ahead and bake uncovered at the venue prior to serving.

Visit bakeries in your area to find fresh-baked buns, bread, and rolls to serve as the foundation of your party sandwiches. Try these ideas and substitute your own favorite meats, cheeses, and vegetables to come up with an entirely new dish. You will bring home an empty plate when you bring these three sandwiches to your next party!