No tea party would be complete without some of those little sandwiches with the crusts cut off. These are a few of the simplest sandwich recipes we like to use at our tea parties. Simple, but tasty.
Almond Mushroom Chicken & Cream Cheese
(There's the ubiquitous cream cheese, I know, but I can't help it, I love cream cheese.)
2 cups finely chopped chicken (breast is best)
2 tbsp Finely chopped almond slivers
2 tbsp minced mushrooms
1-2 tbsp mayonnaise
Dash of salt to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Spread cream cheese on one side of bread, and spread chicken mixture on top. Cut into triangles and arrange on platter.
Havarti Garlic Delight
(This is actually your basic cheese and tomato, but using creamy Havarti cheese makes it special.)
Thinly sliced havarti cheese
Tomato slices (thin)
1/4 tbsp minced garlic
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
Lettuce pieces - any kind of lettuce
Mix together garlic and butter until soft and creamy. Lightly spread on one side of bread, and place cheese slices on top. Place tomato slices on cheese, and top with bread slice lightly spread with mayo. These are delicious served warm. Place in oven at 300 for about 10 minutes, just long enough to lightly toast the top of the bread and soften the cheese. Yum! If you're worried about the fat content of havarti and dieting and such, you might want to just use a slice of swiss, or eliminate the cheese altogether, but that doesn't sound like much fun to me.
You can use any kind of bread for these sandwiches, it doesn't have to be thinly sliced. But thinly sliced is nice, if you can find it. One thing we've tried is buying unliced bread, but that's a lot of work, and unless you're practiced at bread slicing, you end up with uneven slices. Some stores with bakeries will slice the bread for you. Ask for 1/4 inch slices. If you're in the UK, you can also buy some Hovis no-crust bread and eliminate one step - find a Somerfield store near you, or order online through Tesco.