As I said in my previous post, my SIL made seven different kinds of tea sandwiches for our tea party, and they were all wonderful! But they might not all fit into the Book of Tea Sandwich Standards. Hence, I'm calling them "relaxed fit". This is about ... relaxing standards and finding creative ways to make scrummy basic foods interesting and fun.
First on the list, a couple of fairly basic sandwiches made special by small squares and crusts removed.
- P-But-Jel. Use creamy or crunchy peanut butter, it doesn't matter, and of course, the jelly of your choice. Ahh, p-but-jel, the source of many of my favorite childhood memories.
- Piggie a' fromage - Yes, yer basic ham and cheese. Use very thinly sliced swiss, and a thin schmear of mayo on the bread.
- Braunschweiger - This is a soft, spiced liver sausage, usually smoked. I guess it could be sliced thin and laid on the bread, or mashed up to make a sort of pate.
A couple of the sandwiches were served "open face" which made for a nice change.
- Bacon & Cream Cheese - After frying up the bacon, you'll probably need to press it between paper towels or napkins and some kind of weight so it will lie somewhat flat. Spread a mixture of cream cheese and finely chopped chives on the bread, then top with a piece of bacon. If you want to be a bit more healthy, use turkey bacon.
- Cucumber & Cream Cheese - You can flavor the cream cheese any way you like. Mix in some of the left-over bacon bits, crumbled up, or add some diced sunflower seeds for something unusual.
- Avocado & Brie - Thinly sliced brie cheese on a light schmear of mayo, topped with little slices of avocado. Very tasty!
Last but not least, there's tuna! We all love tuna around here, so a tea sandwich tray without a couple of tuna fish sandwiches on it would be incomplete. If you want to jazz up your tuna, try adding some finely chopped pistachio nuts and chopped hard boiled egg. I guess then it would sort of be egg AND tuna salad.
These are just a few ideas for tea party sandwiches. They don't have to be exotic recipes or difficult to make. These are easy, but they're still fun to eat because of the size and the preparation... and the presentation. Funny how just slicing up a sandwich into small bites and taking the crusts off can make you FEEL special. Try it!
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