The first course of a traditional 3-course tea party consists of Sandwiches and Savories. Below are a variety tea sandwich variation ideas (I’ve tried and tested a few but not all of them). Click here to see other tea party recipes.
Tea Sandwich variations
- You can use any type of bread with any of these recipes that you wish including tortillas (for wraps) or flatbreads.
- It’s fun to use a white bread for one side of the sandwich and a dark bread on the other side.
- It’s traditional to cut the crusts off any sandwich bread for a teaparty, but you can cut the sandwiches into any shape you wish – squares, rectangles, triangles – or use cookie cutters for shapes – hearts, flowers, starts, etc.
- Mayonnaise can be changed in a variety of ways to dress up a sandwich: To a cup of mayonnaise, add 2 tsp Dijon mustard OR 1 Tbsp freshly chopped chives OR 2 tsp grated lemon rind or orange peel. (From The Book of Afternoon Tea by Lesley Mackley)
- Butter can also be dressed up… to a stick of softened butter, fold in until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency: 4 ripe, hulled and mashed strawberries, OR 1 Tbsp freshly chopped tarragon or mixed herbs, OR 2 Tbsp honey with grated lemon rind. (Also from The Book of Afternoon Tea by Lesley Mackley)
- Cream cheeses too… to an 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese, mix in: 1/4 cup chopped dates OR 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds or raisins, OR 2 Tbsp chopped chives, OR 1/4 cup raspberry preserves, OR 2 Tbsp diced scallions.
- Other variations include:
- Curried chicken with walnuts on white bread
- Tomato with basil on pumpernickel with pesto mayo
- Avocado with sprouts and walnuts on whole wheat bread
- Stilton cheese crumbled over pear slices on oatmeal bread
- Honey ham with thin pineapple slices on dill bread
- Asparagus spears with lemon mayo on wheat bread
- Cream cheese with walnuts on date nut raisin bread
- Sliced hard-boiled eggs with cracked black pepper and lettuce on wheat bread with herb mayo and pepper on wheat