I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best dinner to make for a family or a large group are the ones that people can customize. As a mother of three kids and a member of a large extended family, I know that everyone likes things a bit differently and whenever I get the chance to serve something deconstructed and allow people to choose what they like, I take it. This will eliminate the stress of having a dinner party and people love an interactive meal. There’s a reason why Subway, Freshii and similar restaurants are so popular, people like what they like and they want to make it their own. Give this one a try, I think you’ll like it!
This recipe is more of a guideline and includes a link to my recipe for Spicy Avocado Sandwich Spread which I’ve used here along with some toppings and proteins. The best part of it is you can use what you have available in your fridge, there are no hard and fast rules.
Start with the Spicy Avocado Sandwich Spread , it’s a good idea to make this first and have it in the fridge ready to go.
I have used my Maple Dijon Dressing/Marinade to marinate the chicken. Another good option if you don’t want to make the marinade is to find a great quality dressing from the grocery store and use it as your marinade, honey mustard dressing would work well too. If you have time to plan ahead, marinate your chicken breasts overnight or for a few hours, if you don’t, just baste them as they cook. I grill the chicken last after I prep the rest of the toppings and cook the bacon.
Preheat the oven to 375°F, cook the bacon on a sheet pan lined with tin foil and then with a layer of parchment paper for easy clean up. Lay the bacon individually and flat and you’ll get even cooking and crisp bacon. When cooked, drain on a paper towel.
Prepare your toppings (options):
- Purple Cabbage, shredded
- Avocado, sliced (sprinkle with lime juice to avoid oxidation)
- Bell peppers, julienned
- Lettuce, shredded
- Cheddar Cheese, finely grated
- Onion, julienned
- Tomato, diced
- Toasted Sliced Almonds
- Diced Mango
- Black Beans
- Pepper Jack cheese
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Green Onions
- Dried cranberries
- Roasted Corn
- Marinated tofu
The possibilities are endless and you can play with it using different types of dressings and wrap colors. This is really great party food and kids love it as much as the adults. Enjoy!