English Tea Time

Tea Time Traditional Tea Sandwiches

February 21, 2012

Tea Time Traditional Tea Sandwiches

What exactly are Traditional Tea Sandwiches?

Traditional Tea Sandwiches are small. They are regular size sandwiches that are either cut into 4 squares or triangles. Sometimes they are cut into decorative shapes with a cookie cutter.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches are crustless. Remove the crusts before cutting the sandwiches to size.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches are thin sliced. Several types of bread come thin sliced. A 2 pound loaf should yield at least 20 slices which should give you about 40 tea sandwiches.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches are flavorful. They are usually savory, not sweet, often prepared with scallions, garlic, spicy mustard, pepper or hot sauce.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches are never soggy. Each sandwich is spread with soft butter or cream cheese, or something similar, to prevent soggy sandwiches. Peanut butter with banana slices or jam is just right for a child’s tea party.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches can be made with wheat, white, sourdough, pumpernickel or rye bread. All are good choices. For a creative checkerboard effect you can use one white slice and one wheat per sandwich.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches use about ½ to ¾ cup of soft butter or cream cheese spread, 1 to ½ cups of spreadable filling. 2 cups if it is a composite of spread and meat, seafood, cheese or nuts and ¾ pound of sliced meat to make 1- sandwiches/40 quarter sandwiches.

A traditional tea party should have a least one of the classic sandwiches and then you may mix and match as you like.

Classic Tea Sandwiches:

English Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Tomato Tea Sandwiches

More Creative Tea Sandwiches:

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Pepper Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Pepper Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Crab Tea Sandwiches

Pineapple Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Almond Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

Deviled Egg Tea Sandwiches

Deviled Ham Tea Sandwiches

Herbed Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

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