Game Day: 5 Party-Sized Sandwiches for Big Groups

[Photograph: Suzanne Lehrer]

Hosting a Super Bowl party this year? Don't miss out on the game (or more importantly, Beyonce's halftime show) by turning yourself into a line cook and assembling individual meals for each of your houseguests. Here are five, large, one-batch sandwiches that you can slice and divvy up in front of your TV, all of which should satisfy your pickiest, and hungriest, eaters.

Save on time and cleanup by serving the sandwiches on large platters with a stack of plates alongside. To get nice, clean cuts, use a serrated knife or sharp pizza cutter. Timing is important; all of the condiments will actually improve after several hours of sitting, so make the pesto, buttermilk ranch, and remoulade earlier in the day or the night before. Assemble everything you'll need—all of your mise en place—before people arrive, and then finish off any cooking right before the game, or quickly during. None of these require any major hands-on time that will you keep you away for long.

These sandwiches are takes on classic game day fare, so you won't upset any traditionalists. And while I can't give out any tips on swaying the game in your favor, I can promise everyone will be extremely well-fed—and happily distracted if their team loses.

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About the Author: Suzanne Lehrer is a writer and recipe developer in New York and a recipe editor for Cooking Channel. When not curating her budding hot sauce collection, she puts her French Culinary Institute education to good use in kitchens all around town. On twitter and instagram @suzerbruiser