DIY Sandwich Bar


It's hard to believe Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. To be honest, I'm not really an avid fan of football but I sure do LOVE the snacks: spicy wings, 7-layer dip, sandwiches and wraps...the commercials aren't half bad either.

One of the biggest challenges I face when I entertain is spending less time in the kitchen and more time with my guests. Give yourself a break and set up stations that allow your guests to prepare their own food, leaving you with the freedom to just sit back, relax, and WAIT, WHAT???  Not have to cook?

I thought this DIY sandwich bar would be perfect for Super Bowl Sunday as all ingredients can be prepped beforehand. I chose kind of a spicy manly sandwich for the occasion but feel free to choose whatever assorted meats, cheeses, veggies you desire. Have fun with it and get those creative juices flowing!  I made things EXTRA interesting by whipping up a SPICY condiment -- Ghost Pepper Mayo.  I found this wonderful Ghost Pepper Salt from a local spice store here in Dallas called Baked Spice they had a crazy selection of spices as well as awesome deals on vanilla beans (if you're a baker you'd go insane).  Be on the lookout if you live in Dallas because Artizone will be delivering their products soon!

DIY Sandwich Bar
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Joy Zhang
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 4-6
DIY sandwich bar -- prep the ingredients, sit back and relax!
  • 1 loaf sourdough
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, or 2 cups of fresh greens
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 lemon slice, squeezed
  • pinch of ghost chile salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line large baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup. Line bacon slices on baking sheet and place in oven for 15-17 minutes depending on the thickness of your bacon. Taste test is required -- take it out when bacon is golden and mostly crispy. Set on plate lined with paper towels to soak up any remaining oils. Set aside.
  2. Lightly butter sourdough slices and toast. Slice pieces of sourdough in half and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile clean and chop lettuce and slice avocados and place into separate bowls.
  4. In a small bowl mix mayo with ghost chile salt and lemon juice. Taste and add more spice if needed.
  5. You may warm up the bacon before serving if preferred. Arrange all ingredients to your liking and invite your guests to dig in. Don't forget the toothpicks!