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
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.
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.