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Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

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Make your own panini

Do you want a break from soup, chili or the ‘usual’ Halloween fare?  But also something that allows YOU to enjoy the party and guests as they come Trick or Treating, or for the FUN planned for the evening?

This is the perfect answer!  A Panini Bar!!!  Everyone makes their own, and to their liking, leaving you free to enjoy the party.  I’ll show you how and give you a few tips too for a successful Panini Bar!


Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar


Deli meat: turkey, ham, roast beef; any of your choice

Sliced cheese: provolone, cheddar, swiss; any of your choice

Small Ciabatta rolls, or any crusty rolls work really well.  Small is best to avoid waste. It’s also a good idea to have gluten free variety if you know that will be useful.

Condiments: variety of mustards, mayos and other sandwich toppings 

Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions – as desired

Panini Maker or Press 



Have the ingredients ready for people to make their own panini. Making sure the meat, cheese and condiments particularly, are over ice, or kept chilled – never left out to spoil during the course of the evening or party.

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

When people arrive, or are ready to eat, they assemble their panini to their liking with the meat and cheese they want.

Simply put it together as desired, then into the panini maker/press and heat completely through.

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

*** Before heating through – or after, whichever is preferred – add in any of the condiments and toppings desired.  

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

EASY and everyone enjoys the party!

Have condiments such as:

  • A variety of the small bags of chips  available to suit everyone’s choice.
  • Cups with ranch dressing and carrots were all ready to go; you could also include celery sticks.
  • Cups of green and purple grapes were handy to snag as guests helped themselves.
  • I purchased the smaller Ciabatta buns in the store to avoid waste.  You can use any denser type roll you like.
  • For the meat I put out deli sliced ham, turkey (forgot to include the roast beef in the pic, oops) and also precooked bacon strips. Keep on ice if it is to stay out for an extended length of time.
  • Cheeses are so varied, but I settled with cheddar and munster.
  • On the tray for condiments included:  fresh spinach leaves (I like it better than lettuce on these), thin sliced red onion, mild pepper rings, roasted red bell pepper, and sandwich spreads (you can purchased these from the store*if mayo based keep on ice if out for an extended amount of time).  My Jalapeno & Red Pepper Jelly is AMAZING and my favorite condiment on a panini. 

As guests put their sandwich together, they could eat it cold or heat/grill it on the panini maker and ta-da!  Magically they had their own scrumptious meal to eat as they visited, or to take on the go.

Just use whatever is available in your price range and relax, they’ll make their own dinner – which is always the best part!!!


Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

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  1. Looks absolutely delicious and we love paninis here and even have a panini press. So definitely want to try to make for Halloween and possibly beyond, too 🙂

  2. Diane Roark says:


    We love paninis around here. I have never thought about making a panini bar for a crowd. This sounds perfect! Great idea!

    Thanks for sharing,

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