meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

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meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

sDo you want a break from soup, chili or the ‘usual’ Halloween fare?  Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar is a great option!

This is a perfect way to allow your guests as they come Trick or Treating to make their own, hot sandwich.

And you can enjoy the party since all the prep work is done ahead.

It’s easy, put out what you’d like for available ingredients and enjoy the festivities!

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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.

Make sure the meat, cheese and condiments 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 can 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

This is what we did: 

  • There were 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 and Red Pepper Jelly is AMAZING and my favorite condiment on a panini and so many other things. 

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.

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

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, 2018

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Panini's with Jalapeno Jelly & Basil Mayo

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Delicious Panini

Oh MANZO do I LOVE a good panini  Have you ever had one?  Made one of your own?  Panini makers are affordable and terrific for one person or for a party.  Everyone can make it just they way they like a sandwich and hot too!
You’ve got to try my version with caramelized onions, roasted bella mushrooms, many choices or condiments are great.  To take it over the top and equal to one of those expense hooty-fluuty restaurants, serve with my Jalapeno & Bell Pepper Jelly AND easy homemade Basil Mayo.  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

 Panini with Jalapeno and Bell Pepper Jelly and Homemade Basil Mayo
Ingredients can include:
Recipe for the Jalapeno and Bell Pepper Jelly HERE
Basil Mayo – recipe follows
Roasted Porta Bella Mushrooms – recipe follows
Caramelized onions, click HERE for recipe
Roasted Red Bell Peppers, click HERE for recipe to make your own
Ciabotta Rolls, smaller or regular size
Deli sliced meats
Deli sliced cheeses
Drained artichoke hearts, sliced
Pickled Pepper Rings
Fresh Spinach leaves
Thinly sliced red onion
Panini Maker
Panini 1

Directions for assembly:
On one side of the roll spread a generous layer of the basil mayo.  Top with your choice of meat(s), cheese(s) and condiments.
Panini 3
Panini 5
Panini 6
Panini 7
Panini 8

Cook, arranging the sandwich(s) so the lid sits evenly to uniformly heat your panini.Panini 9
Panini Maker
Recipe for Carrie’s Basil Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise, real mayo not Miracle Whip
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. Montreal Steak seasoning
1 tsp. lemon juice
Combine and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour before using for best flavor.
How to Roast Mushrooms:
Use Porta Bella mushrooms for great flavor.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover a jelly roll pan with tin foil.
Coat the foil with a thin layer of olive oil.
Clean the mushrooms.  Panini 10Slice the mushrooms about 1/3″ thick and place on the oil coated pan.  Turn over so that both sides of the mushroom are coated.Cook for 10 minutes, turn mushroom slices over to evenly cook and brown both sides.Panini 11Continue to cook for another r5-10 minutes; until the mushrooms are golden browned on both sides.Panini 12
Carrie’s recipes, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014
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