Years ago, I relished running about a block from our house to our local bakery. I could see the roof of the bakery from my bedroom window! It was one of my favourite local haunts. I could always tell when they were baking fresh bread as the aroma filled the air. At that time, a loaf of fresh baked bread cost 50¢. The local bakery had the best doughnuts I've ever tasted. They also made a limited variety of buns, mainly dinner rolls and crusty rolls.
Ciabatta bread (slipper bread) is an Italian yeast bread traditionally formed into elongated, broad, flat loaves. This bakery makes ciabatta bread but shaped into triangular buns, perfect for sandwiches.
I filled one serving tray with ciabatta buns (above). Another tray held rolled cooked turkey breast slices, Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Any lunch meat or cheese slices would have worked. The meat and cheese tray can be made as simple or as elabourate as desired but I usually keep it simple.
Not pictured are the additional condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, and horseradish. Fresh alfalfa sprouts, mustard greens and pickles are also a nice addition but really anything goes. A separate pickle or vegetable tray works nicely to complete the meal.
Best Bread & Butter Pickles.
Little Miss A, our second grandkid really enjoyed creating her own ciabatta sandwich. Even cut in half, it was still triangular shape like the adults. Part of the fun for kids is letting them make their own choices as to what they want to put on their sandwiches. The make-your-own sandwich presentation is very kid friendly! Simply put healthy choices on the serving platters then let them make their own creations. It's a fun way to get your kids to eat healthy with very little effort.