Make your house the game-day headquarters with these mouthwatering party sandwiches. Add classic appetizers and take advantage of the offerings at
your local bakery for sweet treats to create a fun gathering for friends and family. These delectable sandwiches are sure to become fan-favorites!
Grilled Lemon Chicken Pitas
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 large breasts), cubed into bite-size pieces
2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
Zest of 1 lemon (about
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch or two black pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon coriander
¼ teaspoon paprika
Pita bread or flatbread
Baby spinach leaves
Spicy Garlic Sauce
Place the cubed chicken into a medium-size bowl, and drizzle in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic, plus remainder of the ingredients up to and including the paprika. Toss all of the seasonings/spices very well to coat the chicken.
Using 4 bamboo skewers, skewer the chicken so that there are equal portions of meat on each skewer, and allow the chicken to marinate for about 20 minutes, or even overnight, if making ahead.
When ready to grill, place a grill pan over medium-high heat (or your outdoor grill), and drizzle in a little oil. Once the oil gets hot, place the chicken skewers into the pan, and cook for about 6-8 minutes, turning occasionally so that they get a bit charred on all sides, and cooked through. Allow them to rest lightly covered with foil for about 5-10 minutes. Then, remove the chicken from the skewers and set aside.
To assemble, add a drizzle of the Spicy Garlic Sauce onto the pita, followed by the greens. Then, add a couple of slices of tomato, and about one skewer-worth of the lemon chicken; drizzle with a generous amount of the Spicy Garlic Sauce.
Spicy Garlic Sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream or full-fat, plain Greek yogurt
3 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
1 tablespoon tahini
2-3 teaspoons sriracha
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon lemon juice
Add all ingredients to a medium-size bowl, and
whisk together until completely smooth and creamy.
Use immediately or store in the fridge, covered.
Easy Meatball Subs
Frozen, cooked bite-size meatballs
(or your favorite recipe)
Spicy pasta sauce
(homemade or two 14.5 ounce jars)
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the cooked meatballs in a large pot. Cover with your pasta sauce, and gently fold the meatballs with the sauce. Heat the meatballs and sauce on low-medium, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated thoroughly. Fill a roll with as many meatballs as you can fit (usually 4–5 meatballs) Top with more pasta sauce from the pot. Place filled sandwiches on baking sheet. Top each sandwich with shredded Mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, hot and bubbly.
French Dip Sandwiches
1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 pound thinly sliced roast beef
¼ pound sliced provolone cheese
4 French rolls, split
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat until melted. Add onion and garlic, and saute until softened. Add in beef broth,rosemary, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add the sliced beef to the broth and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Arrange the meat on the rolls and top each roll with 2 slices of provolone. Toast the sandwiches in the preheated oven for 5 minutes, or until the cheese just begins to melt. Serve the sandwiches with small bowls of the warm broth for dipping.