Traditional Tea Sandwiches

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

I love throwing get-together events, whether they’re big or small. This month, I wanted to have a beautiful Easter Sunday Brunch to celebrate with friends and family. It didn’t need to be a huge event, but it’s the little details that can make all the difference and that your guests will notice. I wanted this brunch to have a bit of elegance and sophistication. For me that means serving delicious yet delicate tea sandwiches.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

I did a little research on the different type of flavors and I came across something that surprised me. For a traditional tea sandwich, it is customary to use butter on the bread. I had no idea. I just assumed it was cream cheese or other cheeses. The reason that butter is used is to act like a barrier between the soft cheeses and vegetables and the soft bread. The last thing you want to do is serve soggy tea sandwiches. Lucky for me, I just happen to have made some homemade whipped butters, and my recipe for Vanilla Bean and Citrus butter would be the perfect accompaniment to my tea sandwiches to give them a little something special.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches are perfect for both kids and adults. Everyone loves the tiny sandwiches, and everyone kept asking me where that small hint of lemon and vanilla was coming from. It isn’t required to use my butter recipe, but it’s definitely highly recommended to add a twist to the traditional tea sandwich. 

Tea sandwiches are a perfect addition for so many other types of occasions: 

- Bridal showers 

- Baby showers 

- Mother’s Day brunch 

- Afternoon tea 

- Birthday celebrations 

I made three different kinds of tea sandwiches. I wanted to make sure there were plenty of options that everyone would be able to enjoy.

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

 

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

Traditional Tea Sandwiches

Deviled Egg and Chive

  • 1/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 6 slices bread of your choice
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoons mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika, or to taste
  • 20 whole chives
  • butter

Spread one side of each slice of bread with thin layer of softened butter. Mix all ingredients in a food processor until a spread is formed. Spread over butter and layer with about 8 whole chives per sandwich. Remove crusts and cut into quarters. Makes 12 quartered tea sandwiches.

Radish, Goat cheese and Broccoli sprouts

  • 6 slices bread of your choice
  • 1/3 cup softened goat cheese
  • 8 whole radishes
  • broccoli sprouts (or any kind)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • butter

Spread one side of each slice of bread with thin layer of softened butter. Mix all ingredients together and spread over butter. Remove crusts and cut into rectangles. Makes about 9 finger sandwiches.

Cucumber, Cream Cheese and Vanilla Bean Citrus Butter

Spread one side of each alive of bread with a thin layer of softened Vanilla Bean Citrus Butter. Slice cucumber thinly while keeping the skin on. Spread cream cheese on bread over the butter and layer cucumbers. Remove crusts and cut into rectangles Makes about 9 finger sandwiches.

Easter Brunch Recipes

Don’t forget the recipe for my Vanilla Bean and Citrus whipped butter.

Easter Brunch Ideas

 If you want to see more of the Easter Brunch photos, you can check it out here:

Easter Brunch Table

By Erin Kennedy