The Ultimate Summer Sandwich Party


What a fun night!  Brad and I hosted an “Ultimate Summer Sandwich Party” with some families from church that we’ve wanted to get to know better.

(Tangent #1: Do you ever find yourself hurrying into church, picking up your kids after the sermon, and then scurrying to feed your family lunch?  Us too!  Just a season of life, I’m sure! However, we are hoping remedy this hustle and bustle by inviting more people into our home, now that life has “settled down”. *Insert Laughter*) 


We plugged in the Panini makers and loaded up the toppings to make our own creations.  So. Much. Fun!


(Tangent #2: Having guests cook together is a great conversation starter and ice breaker.)

Everyone really got into it and came up with such great sandwiches ideas. 

Here’s a few you might want to re-create in your own kitchen:


Christine’s Creation

Bread: Sesame Ciabatta Bread Brushed with Olive Oil

Cheese: Kraft Deli Deluxe 3 Cheese Garlic and Herb

Meat: Brown Sugar Ham

Toppings: Sliced Tomato, Fresh Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers, Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar

Bret’s Bite:

Bread: Italian

Cheese: Kraft Deli Deluxe Bacon Cheddar

Meat: Brown Sugar Ham

Toppings: Tomato, Roasted Red Peppers, BBQ Sauce

My Own Original:

Bread: Sesame Ciabatta Bread Brushed with Olive Oil

Cheese: Kraft Deli Deluxe Jalapeño American

Meat: Oven Roasted Turkey

Toppings: Lettuce, Olives, Cucumber, Honey Mustard, Banana Peppers


(Tangent #3: I never knew how fabulous Panini Makers are – They are versatile and make an easy dinner – Without the coffee shop sandwich price tag! Did I mention we are giving four away?  Keep reading…)

Yes, that’s right we have 4 AWESOME Giveaway Prizes to Share from our “Ultimate Summer Sandwich Party” – that way you can host your own gathering or simply enjoy a scrumptious meal in your own kitchen! Each winner will receive a Panini Grill, a Sandwich Holder, a Deli Deluxe apron,  and three Deli Deluxe product coupons: Approximate retail value: $125!!!!


I will chose four winners randomly on Friday, August 6th! 

Enter by telling me what ingredients you would include on your ultimate sandwich creation in the comment section of this post. (Don’t forget it’s easy to leave a comment by entering your name and email address.) Feel free to leave a Tangent too! =)

(Tangent #4: If you have 20 people in your home but don’t have enough seats for everyone, put a blanket or an old sheet down and make it into an indoor picnic.  Kids love it!)



I was one of five bloggers selected by Deli Deluxe to host an “Ultimate Summer Sandwich” party and giveaway. I have been compensated for the materials needed for my “Ultimate Summer Sandwich” party. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Kraft Foods is providing the prizes for this giveaway at no cost to me.  This giveaway is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Jen Murray.

236 thoughts on "The Ultimate Summer Sandwich Party"

  1. Christina says:

    Avacado, ham, and chesse!

  2. nicole says:

    sourdough bread, turkey, chesse, avocado, cucumber, and el torito dressing…

  3. Rachel E. says:

    American cheese and sliced chicken!

  4. Ruth Chowdhury says:

    Man I am so hungry now!

    I’d love homemade chipotle-flavored strips of chicken, a tiny bit of mayo, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and sliced bacon in my ultimate panini sandwich.

  5. Alaine says:

    Italian bread with ham, swiss cheese, spicy mustard-grilled lightly on each side, then add tomato, cucumber, and dill pickle slice.

  6. Angela says:

    It’s almost my birthday, and I actually asked for a panini maker! And the sandwich must have honey mustard.

  7. Jennifer F says:

    Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto, & Roasted Red Peppers !!

  8. jenn says:

    turkey, bacon, swiss cheese, mayo, banana peppers@ yummm

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Turkey, Ham, Pepper Jack, Lettuce, Black Olives

  10. Jackie Green says:

    Turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion with some mayo – YUM!

  11. Toni Trainor says:

    Chicken breast, pesto, mozzarella cheese, lettuce

  12. Drew's Mom says:

    I think Christine’s Creation sounds good. I actually love melted swiss on my panini’s, so I might change out the cheese!

  13. Erin says:

    something with turkey, onion, and LOTS of cheese!

  14. JenS says:

    I think I’d use chicken, tomato, avocado, lettuce, perhaps some onion…don’t forget a little salt and pepper, maybe some balsamic, or maybe some garlic aioli…and oh yeah, lots of cheese! On a really nice bread, of course. I bet that panini maker makes an awesome sandwich! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  15. JENinMICH says:

    What a great idea! I love to make sandwiches. I like bacon, mayo, tomato, turkey, guacamole.

  16. Lisa McGeen says:

    My sandwich is roast beef, cheddar cheese, tomoato, horsradish sauce on asaigo bread YUM!!!

  17. Nicole Baker says:

    My favorite is ham, turkey, lettuce, tomato, black olives, pickles and mustard. Just can’t get enough!

  18. Jill Perry says:

    I get as adventurous as putting avocado on my turkey and cheese with Ranch sandwich.

  19. Ann says:

    The bacon cheddar cheese with roasted red peppers!

  20. Aimee says:

    Love Deli Deluxe cheese! My panini is usually cheese, ham, avocado & sprouts 🙂

  21. Jen says:

    You could call us “plane jane’s” in our house! Our panini’s would be ham and cheese, but I am sure that we would start to venture out if we were making them on a regular basis!

  22. Michelle Geissler says:

    Love your blog! 🙂 My gourmet sandwich would include the 3 cheese garlic/herb cheese, thinly sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, and spicy mayo. Yum! Would love a panini maker!

  23. Joy says:

    Turkey and Cheddar with Ranch!!! yummy

  24. Kellie says:

    Smoked turkey, colby cheese, lettuce, tomato and a little mayo on some type of onion bread.

    I worked at a deli in college and ate some variation of this sandwich almost every day!

  25. Stacey says:

    I would do chicken breast, bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, and bacon on sourdough….and dip it in honey mustard 🙂 Healthier version of Friendly’s similar sandwich which I love!

  26. Diane Carson says:

    Ham, cheese, tomato, onion and mayo would be my sandwich of choice!!

  27. Lois says:

    I have never had a panini. Kind of embarassed to say that I didn’t know what they were till I saw your post. (We are a one-income family by choice, so I can homeschool our 4 kids; so going out to eat cannot happen. That’s why winning one of these would be grand!) If I were to make my own, it would have turkey, cheese, perhaps bacon, lettuce, tomato, and maybe shredded carrots. YUM!

  28. Becky says:

    I would include tomato, peppers, fresh spinach, lots of cheese and honey mustard. Sounds so good!

  29. Jenny says:

    portabello mushrroms, olive oil, garlic, and mozzerella!

  30. Yum! Those all look great! I think I would add spicy jack cheese, chicken, guacamole, lettuce and tomato. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Winning one of these would be wonderful. I would take it camping and have an “Ultimate Sandwich Party” at the campground. My own sandwich creation would be Italian Bread, Bacon, lettuce, tomato a Panini BLT. 🙂 Yum Yum

  32. Juli E. says:

    We love sandwiches at our house and could really use a panini maker! I would put chicken, bacon, lettuce, cheese, tomato and onion on mine!

  33. Lady Why says:

    Grilled vegetables of all sorts! Eggplant is a personal favorite of mine. 🙂

  34. Rhonda says:

    I would use Italian bread (brushed with a little olive oil), brown sugar ham, swiss cheese, fresh spinach, tomato, cucumbers, pickles, olives, roasted red peppers, and banana peppers. Yum!

  35. Jennifer Powers says:

    I think that Cristine’s Creation sounds quite yummy! I’d have to try that one! Great give-away!

  36. Janet says:

    Love me some BLT’s with fresh tomato’s from the garden YUMM! I also like the idea one of the previous comments had, with avacado. Sounds like a fabulous party!! Quick question….Are you guys going to the St. V’s NICU reunion this year? I would love to actually meet you in person!!

  37. Shannon says:

    I’d love to make a fancy BLT! Sounds Yumm! I’d love to win.

  38. Dixie says:

    Panini…..yummy!! I think my favorite would be sourdough bread, bacon cheddar cheese, smoked turkey, and a little mayo………yum. I usually shy away from ordering these at a restaurant since they are so expensive – but having my very own panini maker at home would be wonderful!

  39. Jessica says:

    Chicken ceasar panini is my favorite…focaccia bread brushed with olive oil with grilled chicken breast, bacon, parmesan cheese, and ceasar salad dressing. Yummy!!!!

  40. Jamie says:

    Avacodo, cajun turkey, swiss cheese! Yummy!

  41. Julia G says:

    I’ve never had a panini maker!
    I would make a panini with salami and tuna.

  42. Kristy says:

    tomato, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar! yum! we also just had a group of church folks over to our house for a sandwich party…i served chicken salad, tuna salad, and egg salad…oh, and fruit and potato salad…it was a hit!

  43. Karmen says:

    That party is such a neat idea. We will have to try one of those. My panini would be Cajun roast beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mustard. Yum!

  44. Sarah Reaves says:

    My favorite would be grilled chicken with grilled peppers, onions, and pepperjack cheese!

  45. meghan says:

    I would try anything! But I think chicken, tomato, spinach, cheese, balsamic vinegar

  46. Cindy Robinson says:

    It would have to be rye bread with montery jack cheese, ham, tomato, lettuce, black olives, green peppers, onions, and some sweet honey mustard!! One of these makers would be a nice addition to my daycare – the kids would love to make up their own sandwiches!!

  47. Susan says:

    My fave panini (although a little plainer than your concoctions!) is wheat bread, mozzarella cheese, fresh sliced tomatoes and pesto. YUM!!!

  48. Elizabeth says:

    Sounds like SO much fun!

    I would put roasted turkey, swiss cheese, and avacado on my sandwich. Maybe bacon too. Now I”m hungry! LOL

  49. sarah says:

    Wheat bread(trying to be healthy), turkey, cheddar cheese, may, spinach, tomato. Yum!

  50. Rachel says:

    crusty bread, turkey, avocado, tomato, white american cheese and honey mustard. Yum!

  51. A&EMom says:

    Great giveaway! I’d have some grilled chicken strips, mozz cheese, onion, and BBQ sauce!

  52. Jenn Brothers-Haler says:

    Hmmm….I’d definitely have to add something w/ avocado, turkey & bacon. Or bacon, feta cheese and veggies!

  53. amy c says:

    normally i would go turkey, mayo, cheese. but avacado, bacon, ranch, chicken also sound yummy

  54. Jan says:

    Definitely – smoked turkey, spinach, tomatoes, and banana peppers on any bread – but must have either chipotle mayo or a horseradish sandwich sauce – or hey, BOTH! 🙂

  55. Lorraine says:

    My favorite sandwich would be grilled chicken,roasted red peppers, mozzerella
    cheese and pesto mayo. Love it!!!!!

  56. Marianne says:

    AWESOME! You get to do the reviews of some of the best products!

    My favorite recipe is Ciabatta, pesto, oven roasted turkey, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, fresh basil. Super tasty– and stolen from Panera. My favorite sandwich that they no longer make 😉

    Love it if I won!

  57. Jen says:

    My favorite would definitely be turkey, colby jack cheese, some mayo and lettuce.

  58. Heather Bonner says:

    Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado with sharp Cheddar. Yum!

  59. Pam says:

    I would pick turkey, cheese, lettuce and mayo. Yum!

  60. Ryan Ann says:

    roast beef with mayo, lettuce and a bit of grey pupon mustard – YUM! Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. Carly says:

    Mmmm…. Fun Summer Sandwich Parties! What a great idea!
    Paninis are the best!
    My ulitmate sandwich would include:
    Sour dough bread
    Boar’s Head Maple Glazed Turkey – shaved
    Munster Cheese
    Bread & Butter Pickles
    Russian Dressing
    …now I’m hungry!

  62. Staci Brown says:

    Oh Jen! I am loving this party idea!! I would put turkey, avocado, cucumbers, cheese, lettuce, and black olives!

  63. Becky says:

    Mine would have to be turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, banana peppers, onions, and ranch dressing

  64. joanna says:

    In college, I would raid the salad bar and use the panini maker in the dining commons to make tomato and cheese sandwiches with mayo. It was the closest thing I come up with to a Caprese sandwich- So perfect and fresh when surrounded by college food!

  65. Samantha says:

    Grilled chicken (sliced), red onion, spinach, sliced tomato, and mozzarella cheese. Yum! The sandwich party is such a good idea for a small group, or get-to-know-you gathering, like the one you had! So much fun!

  66. April says:

    I would love to make a smoked turkey, pepper jack cheese, bell peppers, lettuce, tomato, avocado, with chipolte mayo panini. I have always wanted a panini maker and I eat a sandwich every day for lunch, so it would definitely be used often!!

  67. melissa says:

    avacado, cheese and cheese 🙂 maybe a little bacon

  68. Alison says:

    I like California sammy’s….pita with rotisserie turkey, avocado, tomato, honey mustard, cucumber. Hope I win!!

  69. Kalle says:

    Rye bread, Turkey, Jarlsberg cheese, avocado, sprouts, a smidgen of mustard and a dash of pepper

  70. Barbara says:

    Mine also would be a Panini BLT…..but so many of these others sound like something I would love to try….great ideas….thanks…..

  71. Tammi says:

    Ham and Provalone with lettuce, fresh tomatos, pickles and mayo. Now I am starving!

  72. Lonita says:

    My sandwich would include Whole Wheat Bread, Honey Maple Ham, Spinach, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Cheese, Light Mayo, and a touch of Honey Mustard.

  73. Kristy says:

    I would put fresh mozzarella, basil and fresh-from-the-garden tomato slices…yummy!

  74. Debbie R says:

    Yummm….sour dough bread, turkey,Kraft Deli Deluxe 3 Cheese Garlic and Herb, arichokes, black olives. and spinach. Yum Yum!

  75. Italian Bread with Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta, Salami, and Provolone Cheese.

  76. Caitlin says:

    On 9-grain bread baguette – buffalo chicken and cheddar with lettuce! Just delightful!

  77. Crystal says:

    First off, I am going to steal this idea for a party!

    Secondly: Brown sugar ham, leafy dark green lettuce, tiny bit of mayo, tiny bit of honey mustard, pepper jack cheese, tomato, and pickles!

  78. Trista says:

    I would LOVE to own a panini! How awesome!! I have never actually had an entire, all my own, panini…I’ve had bites of others, but never my own! 🙁
    My ultimate would be sun dried tomato turkey with fresh from the garden tomato, basil, and lots of fresh mozzerrella and either dijon or horseradish sauce.
    Now I am *starving*!!

  79. Whitney says:

    Ham and cheese – boring, I know! But maybe on some awesome bread!

  80. Jen says:

    I would make a sandwich with turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce. We’re planning a party with the families of our boys friends. We have the same experience doing the drop off and pick up thing from school. Our boys want to go to their friends homes but we hardly know their families because we never really get a chance to talk to them. We’re hoping to change that by inviting them all to a back-to-school gathering at our house. The sandwich maker would be a great addition!

  81. sioby says:

    LOVE how organized you have the food and the slices of cheese is awesome!! mmmm I want panini sandwiches now….any kind….bacon, turkey, or honey ham, lettuce, pickle, tomato, bell pepper, onion, mmmmm

  82. Amy S says:

    Yummmy….mine would probably be turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, honey mustard.

  83. Amy says:

    I would have Italian bread, turkey, roasted red peppers, chilpote mayo, provoline cheese. Yum!!

  84. Jen says:

    BLT with fresh tomatoes.
    Or tomatoes and mozzarella and basil.
    Now I’m hungry!

  85. Staci Hutyra says:

    Buttered sourdough bread with grilled chicken, swiss cheese, bacon and avocado. Delicious!!!

  86. StephanieDR says:

    I love making hot sandwiches. Having a Panini maker would make it SOOO much easier.

    Italian bread
    Spicy Mayo
    Garden Fresh Tomatos
    Fresh Mozzerella Cheese

  87. Crystal says:

    turkey, avocado, bacon, and provolone cheese. yummy 🙂

  88. Deana Baldauf says:

    I love panni sandwiches. My favorite is from a deli in Yorba Linda California. It starts with grilled chicken breast, provolone cheese, tomatoes and I wished I knew what it was seasoned with. The thing I miss most here in California is homegrown Indiana tomatos. I visited Indianapolis recently, but just a few weeks too early to enjoy one.

  89. Jill M. says:

    Artichoke hearts, havarti cheese, turkey and tomatoes!


  90. Caralyn says:

    Without a doubt….
    grilled chicken
    Havarti cheese
    spicy mustard
    Also..we do the indoor picnic all the time when friends eat over here. (I have a 7 year old and 3 year old twins….when I host playgroup we can have as many as 15 kids!) It’s one of my girls’ favorite things to do. 🙂

  91. Tyffany says:

    That sesame ciabatta bread sounds good. Then chipotle mayo, turkey, swiss cheese, avocado & red & green bell peppers. Oh yum!

  92. Kimberly says:

    Nothing beats toasted prosciutto bread, horseradish cheddar cheese, and slow-roasted roast beef with grilled onions! Gotta try it!! ( ;

  93. Amanda says:

    What an awesome idea! It looked like so much fun and yummy too! I would like ham, turkey, mayo, lettuce, tomato, spinach, and maybe some bacon. I also think it would be alot of fun experimenting with new breads and different combos!

  94. Jennifer Wainscott says:

    I LOVE the idea I might have to have a sandwich party for some friends at our church! Me personally…I would hold the meat and LOAD ON the veggies!

  95. Robyn Szkolnyj says:

    cajun turkey, lettuce, swiss chesse. YUMMY.

  96. Brodie says:

    Reading all of these is making my mouth water! I have never tried a Panini~ but I think turkey, swiss, tomato, avocado, and cucumbers would make a great one!
    bro2ice at yahoo dot com

  97. Holly says:

    MMMMMMM! There’s nothing I love more than garden-fresh tomatoes and basil, chicken breasts and mozzarella cheese. Lightly coat the bread with olive oil… my mouth is watering!

  98. Jean says:

    avocado, fresh mozz., roasted pepper, grilled mushrooms, spinach… yum. with some kind of spread – mustard based. On a nice hearty bread. All melty.

  99. Jaimie Zetterberg says:

    My super summer sandwich would include: toasted tomoato bread (from panera – which i saw your man at on Tues). smoked turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomatoe, light mayo oh and don’t forget the crispy bacon!

    Thanks for the fun idea to entertain with. We like to enterain with mexican alot. We use our quesadilla maker. So if you ever want to swap for a night, let me know!

  100. Julie says:

    Sourdough bread, turkey, pepper jack and cilantro!! Yum! A panini maker would beat standing over the cooktop with a skillet.


  101. Pam says:

    rye bread
    swiss cheese
    thousand island dressing

  102. Colleen says:

    tomato, basil, mozzerella, french bread, olive oil, salt and pepper, NOT ORIGINAL, but good! OR salami, pesto, machego mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMM, now I am hungry!

  103. Italian, turkey, provolone, oil, lettuce

    DELISH –yummmmmm

  104. Melissa says:

    Yum! Ciabatta bread, ham, pepperoni, chipotle mayo, tomatoes, provolone.

  105. Elyse says:

    Oooh! This is so much fun! Even if I don’t win, I’ll try some new creations.
    My sandwhich of choice:
    Bagel (allergen free), turkey, extra sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, EVOO, basil, S&P.

    What a sweet give away!!! Love you!

  106. E Jones says:

    French bread, tomato, cucumber, avacado, rotisserie chicken, and maybe a dash of some sort of ginger dressing.

  107. Kris says:

    On my sandwich, I would include: grilled chicken, Monterey Jack cheese (shredded), slices of bacon, lettuce, onions and cucumbers on wheat bread. 🙂

  108. Katie says:

    My ultimate sandwich? That would definitely be oven roasted turkey, brown sugar ham, crisp lettuce and fresh spinach on a garlic-and-herb bread, warmed just enough to make the slices of American cheese melt on top!

  109. Eos Mom says:

    This would be so much fun to win and maybe I could even get my son to eat a sandwich if he made it on this cool gadget. Anyway, that “3 cheese garlic and herb” cheese sounds delish, I’d put that on a sandwich with some rotisserie chicken and maybe caesar dressing, on dark rye. Yummo.

  110. Melissa says:

    Here’s my fave:
    grilled chicken breast, provolone cheese, teriyaki sauce. Mmmmmmm!!!!!!!

  111. Emily Hasselbeck says:

    Fun times! My ultimate sandwich would be:

    Italian Bread
    Provolone Cheese
    Turkey breast
    bean sprouts

  112. Sonya says:

    Focaccia bread, ham, swiss, bacon, mayo and lettuce!

  113. Marissa says:

    I would make;
    Italian bread
    spicy mustard

  114. Beth Lalli says:

    I love these panani sandwhiches! I would love to have them at home and what an awesome idea to have a sandwhich party! last year we went to a soup party maybe I could have a fall soup and sandwhich. I love all breads, and al lcheeses I would b in heaven thinking of all the combinations. Pick me! pick me! Thanks!

  115. Wendy says:

    These sandwiches all sound so good. Here’s mine:
    Italian Bread
    Dijon Mustard
    Sundried Tomatoes
    Sliced Kalamata Olives
    Artichoke Hearts
    Mozzarella Cheese

  116. Meg says:

    Maybe just a touch of mayo

  117. Katharine says:

    Oohh, how about turkey, swiss cheese, avacado, bacon, deli mustard and ranch all on honey wheat bread! Yum. Now I’m hungry!! 🙂

  118. Liz Millay says:

    ciabatta, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, guacamole, black olives.. yum! i love cooking, especially when time comes to eat it! 🙂

  119. My sandwich would be sourdough, turkey, goat cheese and olive tapenade.

  120. Ashley says:

    I never would have thought to have a party like this. I love the idea! 🙂

  121. Barbara says:

    Focaccia bread, provolone, turkey, tomoto and spinich. Yum.
    I love sandwiches with melted cheese! I want to experiment with differenct types of cheese, but when I get to the store I chicken out when I see the price of different types that I’m not sure I will like so I stick to the old stand by. Do you have any favorites?

  122. hope says:

    we love panini sandwiches!
    our favorite-
    focaccia bread
    mozzarella cheese
    mayo to keep it all together- YUM!

  123. Krystyn says:

    I would use leftover grilled chicken, avocado, cheese and spinach. Yum!

  124. Jill F says:

    I would love to win a panini maker!
    My favorite sandwich would be a Club: ham, turkey, lettuce, provolone cheese, bacon, mayo… and can’t forget the pickles!

  125. Janet says:

    My fav combo is chicken, mozzarella, and tomato!

  126. Stephanie M says:

    Avocado and bacon…besides that, I’m easy. 😉

  127. Lauren says:

    Bacon, goat cheese, spinach, red peppers, sprouts…that’s all I can think of right now, and it’s making me hungry!

  128. Angela says:

    My sandwich would be cheese bread with ham and turkey. Ranch. Tomatoes, cucumbers, Parmesan and oregano.

  129. casey says:

    focaccia bread grilled with sun dried tomato turkey breast, pepper jack cheese, Dorothy Lynch dressing, lettuce, tomato, and banana peppers!

  130. What a great giveaway. I think I’d try a veggie panini–bagel, herb cream cheese, avocado, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, red onion, etc. Yum! Whoever wins will have lots of ideas to try out. I’m drooling reading all these comments.

  131. Shannon says:

    The most yummy combo:
    Fresh basil

  132. Melissa S. says:

    My sandwich would have chicken, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and sweet peppers!

  133. Elaine Ownby says:

    So love a hot sandwich. Turkey, avocado slices, swiss cheese, tomatoes, onion and spinach.

  134. How fun! With all the tomatoes in my garden right now, I’d have to make a bacon-avocado-tomato panini, maybe with some pepper-jack cheese, too.

  135. Christy Barga says:

    Again, I read your posts ALL THE TIME! It has been amazing to see how much the boys have grown and I truly, truly feel you have found your niche! You are an amazing, inspiring and joyful writer and I learn not just about motherhood from you, but about life and my faith. Thank you!

    As for sandwiches, I swear your pics made my mouth water! I LOVE turkey, avocado, tomato and cheese….I love sour dough bread! 🙂 And, my honorary nephew and I have picnics on the floor ALL THE TIME!

    Again, thanks for the smiles – you are a blessing!

  136. Danielle says:

    Focaccia bread, asiago cheese, garlic mao, pesto, sliced tomato and roast beef:-) YUM!

  137. Jennifer says:

    Turkey, avacado, tomato and mayo!

  138. Beth Ann says:

    Mayo, roast beef, tomato, lettuce and American cheese

  139. Christina says:

    I love sandwiches.

    Italian bread
    Pesto Mayo
    Lettuce Tomato
    Sweet onion dressing


  140. megryansmom says:

    Mmmm I’d love to try Italian bread with provolone cheese and some thinly sliced ham with jalepeno peppers and tomato.

  141. Susie says:

    I would love to try any of those creations…anything with Turkey cheese and Jalepenos is great! 🙂

  142. Alicen says:

    I would love smoked turkey on focaccia bread with provolone cheese. That would be delicious!

  143. Kristin says:

    How fun! I would choose a sandwich with Italian bread, light mayo, mesquite smokey honey turkey, tomatos and lettuce. Yum!

  144. Deb Cronkhite says:

    Italian bread, ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Plain & simple—just like me.

  145. Laura says:

    Fabulous!! I love the idea of a sandwich party. Having a panini maker sounds ideal. I think my favorite sandwich would include havarti cheese, spinach, red pepper, sliced tomato and sweet onion.

  146. Devin says:

    Funny…I was going to leave a comment even before I saw you were having a giveaway!

    I just discovered this method of sandwich making last week–I was making grilled cheeses with provolone, ham, turkey and salami for dinner, and I didn’t feel like standing over my griddle cooking 6 sandwiches. The bright idea hit me–I should use my George Forman grill! I did, and it was wonderfully quick and even wonderfully easier!! The grill (which, I am sure, works similarly to a panini maker) cooked the sandwiches on both sides in about 3 minutes, and smushed them just enough to get into little mouths. Definitely a method I will be using again in the future, so this would be a great one to win 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway Jen!

  147. Christie says:

    YUMMM! I love make-it-yourself parties!

    My sandwich creation would include:
    Italian herb bread, peppered turkey breast, swiss cheese, mushrooms, sprouts, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, pepperoncini, and a spritz of Balmsamic vinegar and olive oil

    Oh, and of course Baked Lays or Sun chips!

    Mouth watering just thinking about it!

  148. Yum! I love Panini’s!! I have no idea what our dinner plans are for tonight since we got back late from our vacation last night so maybe it will be Panini’s!! I love a panini with turkey, avacado, bacon and cheese!!

  149. Terri says:

    red onion, avacado, tomato, spinach, cucumber, a few slices of bacon, mayo, blue cheese.

  150. Tracie says:

    sourdough w/ olive oil, oven roasted turkey, mayo, tomato, lettuce, bacon, sharp cheddar

  151. Christine C. says:

    Sesame ciabatta (brushed with olive oil, of course!) 🙂
    Thinly sliced chicken breast
    Sliced Roma tomatoes
    …and a little bit more pesto!

  152. I love panini’s!! My sandwich creation would include: grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, basil, pesto, and tomato. Yum. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

    Of course, my meal wouldn’t be complete without a Diet Coke.

  153. Melissa Huffman says:

    I am a HUGE blt lover so it would have to be: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and maybe some smoked gouda and avacado. YUM!

  154. With four little boys and a hungry husband to feed a Panini Maker would be a huge blessing! So yummy and so fast! 🙂 What a great give-away!

  155. Therese says:

    What a fantastic idea!!! I LOVE IT 🙂
    I personally would go with…
    Sourdough Bread
    Italian Dressing
    Banana Peppers
    Red Onion
    Black Olives
    Mmmmm…. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

  156. Ally Walker says:

    Panini sandwiches are my FAVORITE!!!

    Honey and Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:

    Multi Grain Ciabbatta Bread
    Sliced Roma Tomatos

  157. YUM!! I love panini’s but haven’t made them in a long time!! Definitely turkey, swiss cheese, Salomi or pep, tomato, avocado, a tiny bit of mayo an mustard.

  158. Caitie Edwards says:

    Barbeque Turkey Panini (my favorite, hands down!)

    Pulled turkey (great use of leftover slowcooker turkey breast)
    Kraft Thick and Spicy Brown Sugar BBQ sauce
    Kraft Vermont Sharp Cheddar (shredded)
    Caramelized onions
    Tomatoes (after taking the sandwich out of the panini maker, pull sandwich apart and add tomatoes . . . much better than cooking them with the sandwich!)

    Mmmmm . . . I love food posts . . . 🙂

  159. Natalie says:

    Plain Caibbatta w/ olive oil, oven roasted turkey, smoked ham, provolone, grilled onion, tomato, spinach, avocado.

  160. Margaret says:

    Hm… probably turkey, pesto, mozzarella cheese, tomato, black olive paste. 🙂 Sounds like a great party! And I’d love to try a panini maker- looks so yummy!

  161. Carole says:

    Hmmm…Cajun turkey, Pepper Jack cheese, purple onions, Romaine lettuce, honey mustard, salt/pepper. Oh, and a big pickle on the side! 🙂

  162. I would choose everything Christine used on her sandwich….because she has a great name…and I she picked some great ingredients!

  163. I think a good paninini must have sun-dried tomatoes! Of course! So I would do chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and maybe a bit of basil and fresh tomato slices. MMM, you are making me hungry.

  164. Deb says:

    Ooooo, definitely Christine’s creation! 🙂 Sounds sooo good right now! 😉 Great idea for a party, too, and I may have to steal it! We have done “Mongolian BBQ” parties with our wok before, and those are pretty fun, too 🙂

  165. Kathleen says:

    I would do turkey, peper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoe, onion, avocado, mustard, mayo, and vinegar. Hope I win so I can try it!

  166. Peggy says:

    Hmm – what a great giveaway!
    I would try bits of tomato, green peppers, onions, shredded mozzarella cheese, and roast beef. 🙂

  167. Theresa says:

    A creation we’d try :

    French Bread
    BBQ Sause
    Horseradish Sauce
    Chesse (muenster)

  168. Allyson Long says:

    I would have boar’s head turkey, spinach, basil pesto, feta cheese, and garden tomato slices! YUM!

  169. Amy Mathison says:

    Foccacia bread with turkey, pepper jack cheese, spinach, avocado and italian dressing. Yes, panini makers are awesome. We love ours!

  170. Amy Rainey says:

    I’m thinking Foccaccia with Roast beef, Swiss, Tomatoes, and grainy mustard. MMMM!

  171. Kari W says:

    The suggestions sound wonderful. I would probably use foccacia bread, with smoked turkey, avocados, pepper jack cheese, chipolte sauce and tomatoes.

  172. Becky says:

    Ciabatta, cheddar, provolone, onion, tomato, whole roasted green hatch chile.

  173. jennifer says:

    lettuce, mayo, cucumber and tomato

  174. Hmmm.. Sourdough w/ ham & turkey, swiss cheese & pickles! Yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

  175. Donna says:

    That looks so Yummy and fun!!!
    Roast beef, cheddar cheese, provolone, bacon, basil and tomato’s:)
    Or any of the above sound great too!!!

  176. Charlotte says:

    Sourdough Bread
    Thinly sliced chicken
    Marinara sauce
    Mozzarella cheese
    Red Onion
    Black Olives

  177. Mikaila says:

    My favorite sandwich includes:
    Wheat bread
    Mozzarella cheese
    Black olives
    and Balsamic vinegar.

    I have seen two of these sandwich parties now and they look AWESOME!

  178. Hannah says:

    I love paninis!!! Mine would be avacado, turkey and mozzarella. Yum yum!

  179. Whitney says:

    ciabatta, shaved peppered turkey, basil, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, mozz. cheese, mayo and bacon!! My husband wants a panini maker for his birthday. 🙂

  180. AmazingGreis says:

    My perfect sandwich creation is a 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese. Wheat Sandwich bread with mustard on one slice, a slice of cheddar, a slice of Swiss and a slice of American cheeses, 2 cooked slices of bacon….grill and serve. It’s absolutely delicious!!

  181. Julie says:

    Sourdough bread with goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, greek olives, avocados, basil, and lemon. What a great idea maybe I will have a party at my new house.

  182. becky says:

    Mmmm, what fun!

    Can I pick a pretzel roll? Those are my fav!
    Mozzerella & Cheddar
    Shredded Chix
    Bacon, spinach, roasted red pepper, onion, any sprinkle of herbs from my garden…

    wow – i may try to make something like this for breakfast….

    i’d love to win!

  183. KS Dallas says:

    OMG – that all looks so good. I am craving a panini now! I’d do a simple chicken breast, cheese and tomato with maybe a little spinach. Yum!

  184. Carol V. says:

    I’d use a crissant, add thinly sliced chicken and turkey and maybe a slice of cheese and some pickles! YUM!!

  185. Rachel says:

    I would do a blt – bacon, lettuce, tomato and maybe some cheese – yum yum!

  186. carrie says:

    i am a big fan of english muffin bread. i’d use that with ham, feta cheese and a little bruschetta. yum!

  187. Diana says:

    All the sandwiches sound great! I would use:
    Sourdough Bread
    Honey Mustard
    Honey Ham
    Swiss Cheese

  188. Tabitha says:

    What a fun idea-we should do that with some of our newer church friends! I’d probably go ciabatta with turkey, ham, mozarella and banana peppers!

  189. Katrina says:

    Oh man, this is making me hungry!

    I would load up my sandwich with pesto, grilled chicken breast, sprouts, and a tiny bit of mozzarella cheese. Mmmm!

  190. Katy says:

    I love peppers so I would probably do Pepperjack Cheese, Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers, Onions and Portbella Mushrooms! Okay. Now I am hungry!

  191. Laura Austin says:

    Garlic Italian bread
    Pepper jack cheese
    ranch dressing

  192. Kristine says:

    As long as it included tomatoes and pickles, I’d be a happy gal!

  193. Andrea Busath says:

    My ultimate sandwich would be on sourdough bread, and inside would be a pesto mayo, pepperjack cheese, turkey meat, spinach leaves, tomato, and onions! Delish!

  194. Wendy says:

    Roast pork, ham, provolone & pickle to make a cuban sammy. Good ol’ pb&j too.

  195. Shannon says:

    Sourdough bread
    Oven roasted turkey breast
    Mozzarella cheese, mayo, lettuce, cucumber, and Italian seasoning

  196. Stacey says:

    hmm…probably thinly sliced turkey or ham, roasted peppers, mozarella and banana peppers.

  197. Julia says:

    I would make a han, swiss and dijon sanwhich with tomato and peppers maybe.

  198. Amanda says:

    I’m a vegetarian, so grilled sandwiches are a perfect dinner solution for me and my meat eating family….My sandwich would be foccaccia brushed with olive oil and dusted with fresh parm cheese stuffed with motz cheese, basil, tomatoes, roasted red peppers with a smidge of pesto. I could use a panini maker!

  199. charity says:

    Great idea! I was thinking more along the desert line…cinn swirl bread, chocolate peanut butter & marshmallow fluff…s’mores if you will! Yummmmmm!

  200. Alicia says:

    A sandwich we’d try is:

    homeade cracked wheat
    cajun turkey breast
    kraft mayo (made w/olive oil)
    sliced cherry/grape tomatoes from our garden
    thinly sliced cucumbers from our garden
    jalopeno cheese
    yummmyyy! 🙂

  201. Renee Pridemore says:

    This is making me hungry!! I would use wheat bread, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, green peppers, onions and maybe some mushrooms on the kids’ that like them

  202. Beth says:

    my sandwich would definitely be turkey. if I’m being bad, w/ cheese, bacon and ranch dressing. If i’m being good, just with tomato, lettuce and mustard.

  203. Kim says:

    Sliced chicken breast, provolone, pesto and romaine lettuce! Paninis are yummy!

  204. Michel-lee says:

    My fav sandwich would be sourdough bread with turkey and provolone cheese topped with bacon, spinach, cucumbers, tomato, green peppers, and shredded lettuce. Mmm Mmm Good!!

  205. Sue says:

    Italian bread, sliced tomato, avocado, spreadable goat cheese, provolone and lettuce. Bacon too, if I’m feeling a little piggy. 🙂

  206. Becky Lusk says:

    Let’s see…I’m thinking some fresh spinach, mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, sliced black olives, a little oregano, garlic powder and parsley. Of course some crusty bread brushed with EVOO. MMM….

    Tangent: My sis-in-law did this a couple years ago. She decided she wanted to have more people over too, basically for the same reason you are: to get to know people a little better and also to save a little extra money on that after church meal. Anyway, she took a notebook and had a little “guest book” she could keep. She would write down the date and who came over and if anything memorable happened. I thought it was a pretty good idea and thought I would pass it on to you. 🙂

  207. courtney says:

    yummy! What a fun and easy college staple!

    My perfect sandwich would be: Roast Turkey (from the amazing indoor fresh market, no nitrates!) Colby Jack cheese, Lettuce and Tomato from the farmer’s market. No dressings or sauce, I am a purest!

  208. Jessica says:

    Jen – what a fun idea. I would have to somehow incorporate goat cheese … it’s my favorite…. along with turkey, tomatoes, spinach, and onions and possibly some pesto. I’m getting hungry already 🙂 PS. Your boys are darling.

  209. Julie Walker says:

    How fun! Love parties with friends…
    Italian bread with mayo, bacon, provolone and avacado slices! Never had this combo on a panini, but I’m sure it would be great!

  210. Julie G says:

    Cibatta bread . . extra sharp cheddar and jalapeno cheese, chicken, turkey, tomato .

  211. Jenny Conley says:

    What a fun idea! We are in the same boat when it comes to eating lunch after church and this would be a great way to save money and meet more people and still get in that afternoon nap 🙂

    My perfect sandwich would be blue cheese, bacon and tomatoes a BBT 🙂 BTW, I use my George Foreman grill as a panini maker but it doesn’t have the same weight so I would love to try one of these!

  212. Julie says:

    I think a multigrain bread would be best with blue cheese crumbles, spinach, tomato, cucumber, carrots, and celery. Season with McCormick’s Roasted Garlic and Herb Grill Mates.

  213. Lisa says:

    Honestly, jersey tomatoes with american cheese. Simple and DELICIOUS!!!!!!

  214. Alicia says:

    Whole wheat bread, pesto, peppered turkey, swiss, tomato, avocado.

  215. Meredith says:

    Looks like you had a great time making some delicious sandwiches – what a great idea. My perfect panini would would definitely have avocado and grilled chicken with some mozzarella cheese. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

  216. Tiffany says:

    It’s only 8 am and this blog post is making me hungry for lunch already. Mine would have sun dried tomato basil bread with turkey, swiss, spinach, tomato and spicy brown mustard!! Oh and lets not forget a pickle on the side and 2 extra for my twin sons who wouldn’t let me ever dare eat a pickle without them!!

  217. Tamara says:

    What a fun get together! I’d use Italian bread, sliced chicken, bacon cheddar cheese and top it with lettuce and mayo!

  218. Deanna says:

    Ooo, chicken, pepperjack and chedder cheese, tomato and spinach sounds yummy.

  219. Hilary says:

    Ciabatta bread with grilled chicken, bacon, colby cheese, ranch, lettuce, and fresh garden tomatoes. Great party idea!

  220. Melissa Hess says:

    I would use rye bread (my favorite, but I’m the only one in the house who likes it), provolone cheese, ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomator, and a little honey mustard dressing. Yummy, now time to go find something to eat cause I just made myself hungry!!

  221. Sara Hintz says:

    Oh my those all sound delicious and are making my tummy rumble. I love turkey with cranberry chutney… I never make it at home, but I would if I had a panini maker:)

  222. Michelle Luu says:

    I would use sliced chicken breast, on sour dough, with lettuce, cucumber, onion and chipotle mayo!!! Yum!!!

  223. Jill says:

    I would fix a veggie and cheese panini with mushrooms, spinach, onions, and fresh tomoato.

  224. Jodi says:

    Sourdough bread, provolone, spinach and ham for starters….but there are so many possibilities I can’t begin to put them together!

  225. CourtneyP says:

    Yummmy!!!! Reading this while eating lunch and making me even more hungry I must say! Since it’s summer and BLTs are big at our house, I would use wheat bread, turkey bacon, garden fresh tomatos and lettuce, and add some bacon cheddar cheese for a little something different. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  226. Melody Spangler says:

    My sandwich would be made with Focaccia bread, Turkey, Pesto Mayo, x-tra Mushrooms, Provolone cheese, Black Olives, Tomato and Lettuce.

  227. Steph says:

    Pesto makes everything better. 🙂

  228. Anne Schrader says:

    Grilled chicken on Italian bread brushed with olive oil. Top with provolone, sauteed onions, garlic, red & green bell peppers and mushrooms. YUM!

  229. Lori Carter says:

    My favorite summertime sandwich is long french bread (I cut it into individual ones)with a little bit of brown mustard and mayo..then you add 6 slices of swiss cheese-6 slices of cheddar cheese-8 to 10 slices of salami 8 to 10 slices of shaved ham-8-10 of the smoked turkey shaved-add 6 slices of smoked cheddar cheese-a little bit of lettuce..put a thin coating of olive oil across the top of the bread-wrap in aluminum foil and stick in oven at 325 degrees for about 10 min..just enough to warm it up or you can eat it cold-pickles-yellow bell pepper or green to add to it..tomatoes and sometimes even kraut is added. Its all up to the person..=)

  230. Erin P says:

    tomato, basil, mozarella and a little garlic salt

  231. Heather L. says:

    Mmm… fresh mozzarella, red onion, tomato, fresh basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Yum yum!

  232. Barbie says:

    I think I’d go for some barbecue sauce, chicken, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and green onions. A barbecue pizza kind of panini. Yumm.
    ps — what a great blog! I’m so glad I stumbled into your world!

  233. Jennifer McDougal says:

    I like a good club sandwich – turkey, cheese, bacon and avocado do it for me. Yummy!

  234. Sandee says:

    I would like to try salami, pepperoni, provolone, chopped green olives and a little Italian dressing.

  235. Kim says:

    I love making sandwich creations! My favorite is: Chicken, mozzerella, roasted red peper and basil.

  236. Sandra says:

    I’m pretty simple, meat and cheese!!! I may throw in a few extra if someone else brings them, otherwise I’m pretty simple!

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