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I'm going to just start with base ideas and then get into sandwich pairing ideas.
Breads: You will want a few different kinds of bread items.
- Crossiants, I have always found these a bit posh.
- Herb foccasia bread, a delicious must!
- Whole grain or spinach wraps, these are a big hit these days even if not fancy - you can jazz them up
- Artisan multi-grain rolls
- Cream cheese
- Avocado - has to be done last minute or it will start to brown
- Olive oil and fresh herbs
- A nice dijon mustard
Remember Greek plain yogurt is a great sub for mayo and waldorph chicken or tropical turkey salad - great with the crossaints!!!
Cheese: It's all about the cheese... Splurge here...
- Smoke Gouda
- Sharp Cheddar
- Pepper Jack
Non Meat Fillings:
- Grilled eggplant (served cold)
- Grilled portabello mushroom (served cold)
- Grilled zucchini (served cold)
- Grilled red peppers (served cold, a must)
(All can be grilled the night before or same day, they will be fine cold and still have a nice grill taste)
- Mayo free egg salad... replace mayo with plain Greek yogurt
- Assorted raw veggie fillings and fixings - marinated artichoke hearts = a must!
- Grilled chicken breasts
- Turkey breast, sliced
- Tri tip if they can afford it and tolerate it on their menu
Now let me do some pairings...
Crossaints: Homestyle mayo free egg salad sandwiches with fresh sliced tomatoes and sunflower sprouts or butter leaf lettuce... Turkey, cranberry and cream cheese sandwiches...
Good Sides for these: Cold roasted red potatoes with garlic, rosemary and evoo (cube the red potatoes and roast with the evoo, garlic and rosemary, chill and serve cold)... pickle platter (especially good with the egg salad sandwiches!)... side of cold/cooked green beans tossed lightly with a nice dijon mustard
Foccasia: Grilled chicken, tomato, basil with evoo/herb spread and provolone... Vegetarian cold grilled veggies with smoked gouda and evoo/herb spread...
Good Sides for these: Antipasto platter... cold Italian pasta salad (tortellini work great for this)... cold marinated grilled veggie platter...
Wraps: Hummus, Persian cucumber, tomato and baby spinach... Sliced grilled chicken, pepper jack, avocado and spicy sprouts (radish, cilantro, arugula all work well) or baby arugula
Good Sides for these: Quinoa tabuloi (spelling please?)... Southwestern black bean and corn salad... cottage cheese/chive or cilantro stuffed tomatoes or feta stuffed bell peppers...
Artisan Rolls: Grilled portabello mushroom with dijon and Swiss... Tri tip, grilled red onions, sharp cheddar...
Good Sides for these: Cold balsamic and blue cheese brussels sprouts... "loaded" potato salad w.Greek yogurt or sour cream sub... deviled eggs - a favorite of many. I make mine with cream cheese, red pepper relish and creole spices!
Those are just some small ideas. You can jazz any sandwich up to make it more elite with the right combo of ingredients...Gourmet cheese... pesto... marinated artichoke hearts... grilled veggies... fancy greens... a homemade cranberry sauce... a fancy mustard, etc. can all give an instant Hollywood makeover lol
I think a fresh fruit salad and a nice garden green tossed salad are always acceptable and desirable sides. You can mix and match sides depending on your sandwich theme so it all ties together. I think Italian theme works really well for this one and can be done elite, within budget and vegetarian friendly too.
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