As a hostess, I love the idea of box suppers. The meal is completely prepared ahead, which means no last-minute worries, and I think guests look forward to seeing a table piled high with white cardboard boxes tied with fanciful ribbons. Like youngsters receiving presents, they're anxious to open their packages and see what's inside.
There is almost always a sandwich. One menu I planned included a Stuffed Sandwich Filled With Curried Cheese, Turkey and Chutney and a container of chilled cucumber-and-coriander soup; a tomato-and-lentil salad in a light vinaigrette dressing; a bowl of blueberries, strawberries and sliced peaches in a cinnamon-scented wine syrup; and chocolate-and-toasted-almond brownies.
The sandwiches are prepared with a round whole-wheat loaf, which is halved horizontally, scooped out and spread with curried Cheddar and cream cheese, then layered with slices of roast turkey, chutney, green onions and parsley. The loaf is weighted down for several hours and then cut into thin wedges, which reveal the colorful pattern of the filling. Each loaf is sliced into 12 wedges, with three wedges per person for a boxed meal.
STUFFED SANDWICHES FILLED WITH CURRIED CHEESE, TURKEY AND CHUTNEY
2 (7- to 8-inch round) whole-wheat or sourdough loaves
1 pound light cream cheese