I stupidly agreed to host a mid week dinner party again, and I am at a complete loss as to what to make. I want my guest to feel welcomed and nurtured, yet I will have probably only half an hour from the time that I return from work until my first guest arrives.
I look for inspiration everywhere, and was staring at an advert for hovis bread when I came up with a maybe not so brilliant idea of doing a hot sandwich bar. Here is the concept: the guests will come in and help themselves to a cold bottle of lager. I will put out big bowls of crisps on the table along with some chunky dips: humus, salsa, sour cream.
I have a long counter in my kitchen that is faced by the kitchen table, so I am going to lay out a selection of really nice cheeses, meats, and condiments, and then the guests are going to call out sandwiches from the table. I will have two frying pans and a panini grill going and will make a selection of hot sandwiches that I will cut up into four pieces and serve.
My inspiration is the American Grilled Cheese. The outside pieces of bread are buttered and then slowly fried. The sandwich is filled with cheese, tomato, and sometimes bacon. It is greasy, gooey, and completely yummy. Here is a list of things that you should have on hand for sandwich fillings:
- good quality ham, sliced roast turkey, and other fancy deli meats
- emmenthal cheese
- cheddar cheese
- feta cheese
- roasted red pepper
- artichoke hearts
- olives and or olive tapenade
- fresh tomatoes
- hot sauce and salsa
- sliced red onions
- soft cheese: plain and flavoured
- a selection of bread in a variety of shapes including ciabatta, whole grain, and pumpernickel
- cooked sliced mushrooms and other interesting cooked and cooled vegetables
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