The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Build-Your-Own Sandwich Platter

Hosting a party and want to impress your guests without spending the entire time in the kitchen? Look no further than a Build-Your-Own Sandwich Platter! This interactive and customizable option allows your guests to assemble their own sandwiches while you enjoy the party. No more running back and forth to the kitchen!

A Perfect Solution for Any Gathering

Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together, game day, a picnic, or a birthday party, a Build-Your-Own Sandwich Platter is a stress-free and versatile option that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Say goodbye to worrying about individual preferences and dietary restrictions. With a DIY sandwich platter, everybody is happy!

A build-your-own sandwich platter, with charcuterie, toppings, cheese, and bread.

Creating Your Sandwich Platter

To create the perfect Build-Your-Own Sandwich Platter, you’ll need a variety of fresh bread, sliced cheeses, deli meats, tasty spreads, and toppings. Taking into consideration different preferences, it’s essential to include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Aim for approximately 1 1/2 sandwiches per person and adjust accordingly.

Typically, each sandwich consists of 3 ounces of meat, 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of cheese, 2 teaspoons of spreads (such as butter, mayo, or mustard), and various toppings. The combinations are endless, so get creative and let your guests customize their sandwiches to their liking!

A platter with several different types of bread.

Bread Selection

Fresh, sliced bread is a must-have for any sandwich platter. Choose a variety of options to cater to different tastes and preferences. Consider options like white sandwich bread, rolls, sourdough, ciabatta rolls, or rye bread. If you have guests with specific dietary needs, include gluten-free or low-carb bread options.

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A platter with different kinds of cheese.

Selecting the Perfect Cheese

Don’t skimp on the cheese! Ensure you have a diverse selection to satisfy everyone’s preferences. Classics like cheddar, Swiss, American cheese, Muenster, fresh mozzarella, and provolone are always crowd-pleasers. Consider adding options like havarti, gouda, smoked gouda, or pepper jack for some extra flavor. Pre-sliced cheese makes it easier for guests to assemble their sandwiches.

A platter with charcuterie.

Delicious Deli Meats

The amount of meat you serve depends on the number of meat lovers attending your event. Offer at least 4 varieties for a small gathering and 6+ for larger parties. Popular choices include ham, roast beef, bacon, turkey, prosciutto, and salami. Consider additional options like pastrami, corned beef, deli chicken breast, or soppressata for added variety.

Several options for toppings, spreads, and seasonings.

Toppings and Spreads Galore

Now comes the exciting part – the toppings and spreads! Let your creativity shine by offering a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, dips, and spreads. Remember to provide options like butter, cream cheese, mayo, peanut butter, jelly, chicken salad, tuna salad, potato salad, coleslaw, mustard, ketchup, and balsamic glaze. Don’t forget the essential toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, basil, avocado slices, and sliced red onions. Seasonings like flaky salt, black pepper, and hot sauce will add an extra kick.

Purchasing Cheese and Charcuterie

Choosing the right cheese and charcuterie can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Visit your local ACME store, where you’ll find an assortment of Primo Taglio meats and cheeses. These high-quality products are made with the finest ingredients and traditional methods, without any artificial flavors or colors. Primo Taglio meats use whole muscle meat, while the cheese is made from the highest quality milk. You can find Primo Taglio (and O Organics) products at various Albertsons Companies family of stores, including ACME Markets. ACME also offers convenient Grocery Delivery and Pick Up options.

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A bowl of mayo.

Assembling Your Build-Your-Own Sandwich Platter

Creating a Build-Your-Own Sandwich Platter is simple and fun. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

  1. Choose and prep your surface: Line a large tray, platter, or cutting board with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  2. Assemble the ingredients: Fill small bowls with spreads, condiments, and seasonings, arranging them on the platter. Surround the bowls with meat and cheese. Fill any empty spaces with bread and toppings.

Remember, this guide is a starting point, and you can customize it to your liking or accommodate your guests’ preferences. The sandwich platter itself is often enough to keep everyone fed and satisfied, but you can also add sides like chips or salad.

Tips for a Successful Sandwich Platter

Here are some additional tips and tricks to make your sandwich platter a hit:

  • Provide spreader knives, spoons, or mini tongs for spreads and condiments.
  • If you don’t have a large platter, assemble smaller ones for cheese, meat, and toppings.
  • Don’t forget to season the tomatoes with flaky salt.
  • Keep an eye on the platter and replenish ingredients as needed.
  • Mayo and creamy salads should not sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.

A BLT sandwich.

Get Inspired: Sandwich Combinations

For guests who need a little inspiration or guidance, provide suggestions for popular sandwich combinations. Some ideas include:

  • BLT: Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on sandwich bread.
  • Club Sandwich: Turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, cheese, tomato, and mayo on sandwich bread.
  • Roast Beef Sandwich: Roast beef, mayo, mustard, onions, lettuce, and tomato on sandwich bread.
  • Caprese Sandwich: Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze on a ciabatta roll.
  • Italian Sub: Ham, prosciutto, salami, lettuce, tomato, mayo, onion, and provolone cheese on a roll.
  • Ham & Swiss or Turkey & Swiss: Ham or turkey, Swiss cheese, mayo, and optional mustard and pickles on sliced sandwich bread.
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich: Spread chicken salad on your bread of choice, optionally adding lettuce.
  • PB&J: Classic peanut butter and jelly on sandwich bread.
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Remember, these are just a few possibilities. Feel free to mix and match ingredients to create unique and delicious combinations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Looking for more interactive food ideas? Check out our other guides for a Build-Your-Own Bruschetta Bar, Ice Cream Float Bar, and Make-Your-Own Mac and Cheese Bar.

You’re now armed with all the knowledge needed to create a show-stopping Build-Your-Own Sandwich Platter. So go ahead, impress your guests with this interactive and delicious option from Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ!

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