Tea sandwiches are the perfect size and shape for easy eating at any event, but are often considered a sideshow instead of the main attraction when it comes to party food. Don’t settle for boring spreads and lackluster fillings, give guests something to talk about! Use these tasty recipes for afternoon tea, party appetizers, or easy finger foods at your next get-together.
1. Easy Smoked Gouda Sandwiches
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With only four ingredients, this tea sandwich can be whipped up at the last minute if needed and uses a crispy fresh baguette for a base. A mayo and garlic spread complement the smoky flavor of the gouda.
2. Meatball Sliders
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For a heartier sandwich, a flavorful meatball slider is a great choice. Make this quick and easy finger sandwich using prepackaged Italian meatballs and marinara sauce and add a slice of provolone and a bit of Roma tomato for a mouthwatering combination.
3. Prosciutto, Apple, and Brie Sandwich
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Add a hint of sweet to your afternoon tea by serving these apple and brie sandwiches. The classic flavors of apple, brie, and prosciutto are complemented by a simple sage butter spread melted into a lightly toasted sourdough.
4. Fancy Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
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If you’re looking for a recipe that will impress even the most sophisticated palates, this smoked salmon sandwich is just the ticket. A hearty cream cheese and horseradish spread on a pumpernickel bread make the perfect base for a tender, thin slice of smoked salmon.
5. Strawberries and Cream Sandwich
This sweet finger sandwich is simple to make and sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Simply slice strawberries thin, lay them over the cream cheese on bread, and drizzle the whole thing with honey. If you’d like to skip the honey but still want a sweet topping, try using a flavored cream cheese or make your own at home with this recipe.
6. Tomato and Basil Sandwich
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These little bites are a great option if you need some vegetarian fare on your party table. It’s also an easy sandwich to throw together in a hurry with only four ingredients (plus a little salt and pepper!).
7. Triple-Layered Avocado Sandwich
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Put a fresh spin on the old egg salad sandwich by making a batch of these “triples.” Fresh garden flavors like bell pepper and tomatoes blend with egg and avocado flavors in a single perfect bite.
8. Cucumber Sandwich
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A savory cream cheese and herb mixture is the perfect base for a cucumber on rye. If rye bread isn’t your thing, any number of breads can be swapped in. Make this simple sandwich even simpler by purchasing “cocktail” bread in miniature loaves.
9. Bacon and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Basic grilled cheese receives a one-two-punch with this recipe. Stack your bread with cheddar, apple slices, and bacon, then cut it into perfect tea party bites. Serve it up for a snack that just about anyone will love!
10. Grilled Asparagus Tartines
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This tasty vegetables-only sandwich is made up of toasted bread, grilled asparagus, and some pesto and scallions for flavor. Use your oven’s broiler, a skillet, or a griddle to toast your bread and “grill” your asparagus if you don’t have a panini press.
Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.
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