Sandwich and skewer party
I'm helping a friend with a party—adults and kids of all ages, 35 people in all. Because she wants all finger food, we were talking about sliced baguette sandwiches and skewers. We don't have a ton of time, and she doesn't want to serve anything hot. Here's what I suggested so far; I'd love more thoughts.
—Roast vegetables, pesto and/or sun-dried tomato spread
—Basic thinly sliced deli salami/ham/cheese/turkey
—BLT with or without avocado
She wanted Cuban sandwiches. I told her they are best pressed and hot, but that it's not against the law to serve a cold pickle/mustard/swiss/pork/ham sandwich.
—Cubed salami and cheese
—Cherry tomato, basil, little mozzarella balls
There are many, many options for both sandwiches and skewers, here are just a few.
Tea Sandwiches: egg salad, tuna salad, smoked salmon with dilled cream cheese, cucumber with watercress
Caprese: sliced mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, pesto
Italian: salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, lettuce, tomato, basil
Wraps: Southern fried chicken, buttermilk ranch, cole slaw, tomatoes; cobb salad (turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese), greens, tomato; vegetable (multiple options--Asian, Mediterranean with hummus); tandoori chicken with cucumbers, red bell peppers, onions, mint; chicken caesar
Skewers (can be served room temp)
Chicken: tandoori, teriyaki, BBQ, ginger/lemongrass, jerk, satay w/peanut sauce, garlic/lime
Beef: Szechuan, teriyaki, ginger/lemongrass, jerk, satay w/peanut sauce
Shrimp: cilantro, scampi, with andouille sausage
Salmon: chile lime, satay
Scallop and bacon
Roasted Vegetable (eggplant, bell pepper, tomato, onion)
Basically any meat or chicken item can be flavored and put on a skewer.
chilled shrimp on skewers would work too.
i'd use different types of bread, dark rye, small hawaiian buns, portuguese sweet bread, focaccia, etc., and include roll-ups for visual variety.
as much as i like good baguettes my experience is that stuff smooshes out of it if trying for a hand-held sandwich. i'd suggest something softer, or using the baguettes for something spreadable, like hummus or fish pate.