By: Jennifer Murray

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 Responses to “The Ultimate Summer Sandwich Party”

  1. Renee Pridemore
    August 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    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

  2. Beth
    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    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.

  3. Kim
    August 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

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

  4. Michel-lee
    August 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    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!!

  5. Sue
    August 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

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

  6. Becky Lusk
    August 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    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. 🙂

  7. courtney
    August 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    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!

  8. Jessica
    August 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    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.

  9. Julie Walker
    August 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    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!

  10. Julie G
    August 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

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

  11. Jenny Conley
    August 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    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!

  12. Julie
    August 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    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.

  13. Lisa
    August 3, 2010 at 12:01 am #

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

  14. Alicia
    August 3, 2010 at 1:23 am #

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

  15. Meredith
    August 3, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    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!

  16. Tiffany
    August 3, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    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!!

  17. Tamara
    August 3, 2010 at 10:40 am #

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

  18. Deanna
    August 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

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

  19. Hilary
    August 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

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

  20. Melissa Hess
    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    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!!

  21. Sara Hintz
    August 4, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    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:)

  22. Michelle Luu
    August 4, 2010 at 9:52 am #

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

  23. Jill
    August 4, 2010 at 10:41 am #

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

  24. Jodi
    August 4, 2010 at 11:25 am #

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

  25. CourtneyP
    August 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    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! 🙂

  26. Melody Spangler
    August 4, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

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

  27. Steph
    August 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Pesto makes everything better. 🙂

  28. Anne Schrader
    August 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

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

  29. Lori Carter
    August 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    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..=)

  30. Erin P
    August 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    tomato, basil, mozarella and a little garlic salt

  31. Heather L.
    August 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

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

  32. Barbie
    August 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    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!

  33. Jennifer McDougal
    August 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

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

  34. Sandee
    August 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

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

  35. Kim
    August 5, 2010 at 9:03 am #

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

  36. Sandra
    August 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    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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