The first course of a traditional 3-course tea party consists of Sandwiches and Savories. Open-Faced Bean Sandwiches make a delicious (and vegetarian) addition to this course. Click here to see other tea party recipes.
Open-Faced Bean Sandwiches
(From New Vegetarian Cuisine by Linda Rosensweig)
1 can (19 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 Tbsp ketchup
2 tsp brown sugar or honey
1 tsp steak sauce (optional)
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
4 1″ thick slices Italian bread
2 tsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, halved
1/2 c thawed frozen chopped spinach, squeezed dry (optional)
4 slices Cheddar cheese (optional)
4 tomato slices (optional)
In a saucepan, mix beans, ketchup, sugar or honey, steak sauce, vinegar and chili powder. Simmer over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes. or until the liquid is reduced slightly.
Preheat broiler. Place bread on baking sheet. Broil about 5″ from heat for 1 minute per side, or until lightly browned. Brush the top of each slice with oil and rub with garlic.
Divide spinach among slices if you wish and spoon on the bean mixture. Top with cheese and tomatoes if you wish and broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
Variations: Hard rolls, English muffins or another type of bread can be used instead. Any kind of bean can be used as well.