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Party Recipes for Buffet Food:
Great Buffet Recipes

Entertaining friends and family is easier when you have a few great party recipes for buffet food. Why? Because setting up a buffet meal is always going to be easier than a sit-down dinner. That is, if you have all the right ingredients.

Buffet Recipes and Food for a partyThere are so many options for making your own buffet, that it can really be a lot of fun to plan. And it's even more fun to eat: you can have a little of all the food you want, and get in plenty of socialization at the same time. The key is planning, budgeting and good preparation.

Read on for some tips on party recipes, buffet food set-up help, and more. But you'll find tons more at Buffet Recipes and Set-Up Central, including:

Buffet Recipe and Set-Up 101

The rules of a setting up a buffet at home are simple: Guests must be able to sit or stand easily with their food, and any buffet foods you serve MUST be eaten using only a fork or spoon. Unless you have actual tablespace for every single guest, knives are a no-no.

Additionally, choosing party recipes and buffet food that you can make ahead (while not carved in stone) certainly helps make for greater success.

You'll find more tips and advice here.

Party Recipes: Buffet Food Menu Design

Outdoor Buffet with Middle Eastern Themed FoodThe design of your buffet depends heavily on the type of buffet you have in mind. A soup and salad buffet requires vastly different equipment than a sandwich buffet, for example. However, coming up with a theme around which to choose your recipes will make the whole task infinitely easier. There are simply too many foods that could possibly become part of your offerings otherwise.

What kind of buffet dinner theme could you choose? Well... really anything! You might have a:

  • Pot luck buffet
  • Southern cooking buffet
  • Fabulous fifties buffet
  • Tropical buffet
  • Beat the heat buffet (cold items)
  • Sizzle and Swizzle (think hot and spicy with a frozen drink area)
  • Comfort Food buffet

No matter what you chose for your party, please take extra care with food safety in planning and setting up your party recipes and buffet food. Don't leave any food out longer than two hours unless it's something like chips, bread, or hard cheeses.

Make-Your-Own Sandwich Buffet Idea

To help put party recipes and buffet food into a framework example, we'll look at the classic sandwich buffet. These days it's often very easy to find great breads, even artisan blends in the marketplace (or you could make your own from scratch). The variety of bread and bread-like wraps is really phenomenal so think creatively. When creating a sandwich bar or buffet, look for:

  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Croissants
  • Pitas
  • Flavored tortillas
  • Boule
  • Raisin bread

All of these will make for the foundation for some really interesting sandwiches! And don't be shy to choose flavors!

Now you can set up a sandwich buffet in one of two ways. First would be to put out all the meat, cheese and toppings separately and just let guests "make their own". In this case make sure you have the bread pre-sliced and offer a creative variety of condiments.

The second approach to a sandwich buffet is making a variety of offerings ahead of time and labeling them for your guests.

Short on ideas? You'll find some good combinations and ideas on my picnic and summer sandwiches page.

Below, you'll find a couple of fantastic recipes for a roast beef sandwich and a really flavorful vegetarian that are the perfect party recipe buffet foods.

Basil Beef and tomato Buffet Sandwich Recipe

Garlic and Basil Roast Beef Sandwiches

This is not your mother's roast beef sandwich! Tender, tangy, and full of flavor, this is a combination of flavors that will surprise and delight. One of those party recipes for a buffet food that will have your guests thronging around the buffet table!

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1 loaf French Bread
12 cloves of roasted garlic, peeled
2 tbs. olive oil
1 pound roast beef
1 bundle fresh basil
2 large tomatoes sliced
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
Balsamic vinegar

Instructions: 1. Begin by slicing the bread into generous pieces and toasting it lightly.

2. Blend the olive oil with the baked garlic until it turns into a paste. Cover one piece of each pair of bread slices with the paste.

3. On top of the garlic spread, lay the roast beef followed by tomato slices and sliced mozzarella.

4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, then top with another piece of bread. Put a toothpick in the middle to hold everything together, cut it in half or quarters, and you're done!

Vegetarian Party Buffet Sandwich Recipe

Now, if you have guests coming who don't eat meat, then your party recipes for buffet food need a vegetarian compliment. Vegetables can appear readily your sandwich buffet too. Try this great vegetarian buffet recipe on rosemary flavored ciabatta bread.

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1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 c. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. green onion, minced fine
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Havarti cheese sliced thin
2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
1 red onion, sliced

Instructions: 1. Warm the garlic and olive oil together until it becomes fragrant. Mix this with the mayonnaise, green onions and lemon.

2. Use this on one slice of bread per sandwich.

3. Next lay down several spinach leaves, a thick slice of tomato, cheese and onion.

4. Put the other slice of bread on top and again hold everything together with a toothpick.

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