Tea Sandwiches}Cucumber and Sun Dried Tomato & Cranberry Chicken Salad

tea sandwich

You can’t have a tea party without tea sandwiches.

When I decided to have a tea party bridal shower the first thing that got added to the menu line up was tea sandwiches.    A tea sandwich is an important part of any tea party menu.

Tea Sandwiches

Afternoon tea was originally begun by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford  in 1840 as a way to fill the rather large gap between lunch and dinner which was served around 8 p.m.  The sandwiches are just filling enough to prevent overindulgence in the scones, cream, and cakes that were served afterwards.

Tea Sandwiches

The cucumber sandwich is a mainstay for any tea party.  I decided to dress my cucumber sandwich up a bit by adding some sun dried tomatoes into the traditional cream cheese mixture on light rye bread.

Tea Sandwiches

Tea Sandwiches

After filling my sandwiches I then wrapped them in some plastic wrap and put them back in the refrigerator to allow them to set up a bit.  It makes for easier cutting.

Tea Sandwiches

A tea sandwich is always served without crust and then cut into small dainty pieces that can be eaten with one hand.

Tea Sandwiches

I also served a Cranberry and Chicken Salad tea sandwich on white bread.

Tea Sandwiches

Tea Sandwiches

Both sandwiches were a delicious and disappeared fast. I am a total fan of afternoon tea and thing it is definitely a tradition from our British forefathers that we should all adopt!

Other yummy tea party food:

Victoria Sponge Cake

Cornish Pasty

White Chocolate Raspberry Mini Bundt Cakes

Orange Poppyseed Mini Bundt Cakes

Enjoy!

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Tea Sandwiches}Cucumber and Sun Dried Tomato & Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients

    Cucumber and Sun Dried Tomato
  • 1 C sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 C parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 C fresh oregano
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 loaf of light rye bread
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Cranberry Chicken Salad
  • 2 c. cooked chicken diced
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • 1/3 c. cup pecans
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Mayonnaise
  • White bread slices

Instructions

    Cucumber and Sun Dried Tomato
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add all ingredients except for cucumbers together.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture on bread.
  • Place cucumber slices on top and top with bread.
  • Cover and chill before cutting.
  • Remove crust and cut into four squares or triangles.
  • Makes about 32 tea sandwiches (4 to a slice of bread)
  • Cranberry Chicken Salad
  • In a large bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Add just enough mayonnaise to moisten. Cover and chill to blend flavor.
  • Spread enough chicken salad mixture on one of the slices to make a thick sandwich. Cover with second slice of bread.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
  • Trim off bread crusts and cut into triangles or squares.

Recipes adapted from An Afternoon to Remember 

The sandwiches served at teatime are just filling enough to inhibit overindulgence in the scones, cream and jam, and iced cakes that follow.
Read more at http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels/Standing-on-Ceremony-Tea-Sandwiches#h1kQvOQcM7fWvkem.99
The sandwiches served at teatime are just filling enough to inhibit overindulgence in the scones, cream and jam, and iced cakes that follow.
Read more at http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels/Standing-on-Ceremony-Tea-Sandwiches#h1kQvOQcM7fWvkem.99

 

Comments

  1. Valerie A. H. says

    Tea sandwiches always sound so elegant. This recipe sounds yummy!
    I have family at our house from the East. Making your Herbed Shrimp for them today. It’s such a great recipe!

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