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LADIES TEA …DAUGHTERS…Just for Fun

March 31, 2013

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Cucumber Avocado
Strawberry Cream Cheese on Raisin Bread
Turkey with Laughing Cow(R) Light Swiss
It was the perfect way to appease the pint-sized kids, while offering the moms a touch of sophistication that is so blatantly missing from our spit-up-covered-Lululemon-pants lives.

The trick was to prep a few of the ingredients the night before, allowing me to quickly whip up about 60 mini sandwiches in less than 20 minutes.

The toddlers (even the pickiest ones!) gobbled them up, sparking inspiring conversation among the moms about how to refresh often-mundane lunch menus.

What are some of your favorite kid-friendly sandwiches?

40 Tea Sandwich Recipes

1. Cream Cheese and Jelly Tea Sandwiches Sandwich
    Softened cream cheese and raspberry or strawberry jelly between slices of whole-wheat bread. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

2. Ricotta-Orange Tea Sandwiches
    Cut whole-wheat bread into squares. Sandwich with fresh ricotta cheese and orange marmalade.

3. Chocolate-Raspberry Tea Sandwiches
    Sandwich chocolate-hazelnut spread and seedless raspberry jam between slices of white bread. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

4. Guacamole Chicken Tea Sandwiches:
    Take a piece of the bread and, using a butter knife, spread 1 side of it with guacamole. Spread 1 side of another piece of bread with mayonnaise. Top guacamole with chicken and then the mayonnaise-smeared bread.

5. Chive, Cream Cheese and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches:
    Mix chives into the softened cream cheese. Spread 1 side of 1 slice of bread with the chive cream cheese. Top with a few slices of cucumber and then with another slice of bread.

6. Prosciutto, Melon Tea Sandwiches:
    Place prosciutto on 1 slice of bread. Top with some melon and another slice of bread.

7. Tomato-Cheddar Tea Sandwiches
    Spread mayonnaise on white bread. Sandwich with sliced tomato, aged cheddar and watercress. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

8. Ham, Brie and Apple Tea Sandwiches
    Spread softened butter and Dijon mustard inside a split loaf of French bread. Fill with deli ham, sliced brie and sliced green apple. Cut into pieces.

9. Cucumber-Butter Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs. Spread on white bread and sandwich with sliced cucumber. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

10. Watercress-Butter
    Make Cucumber-Butter Sandwiches (see Cucumber-Butter Tea Sandwich recipe above) but fill with watercress instead of cucumber.

11. Grilled Shrimp–Ham Tea Sandwiches
    Puree 1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise. Spread on white bread. Sandwich with grilled shrimp and sliced ham.. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

12. Steak au Poivre Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 4 tablespoons each softened butter and chopped fresh herbs. Spread on baguette rounds. Top with thinly sliced steak and crushed peppercorns.
    
13. Pea-Prosciutto Tea Sandwiches
    Puree 1/2 cup thawed frozen peas with 1 tablespoon each olive oil and water in a blender, season with salt and pepper. Spread inside a split loaf of focaccia and fill with prosciutto and shaved parmesan. Cut into squares.

14. Olive-Focaccia Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 1 cup chopped olives and 3 tablespoons chopped parsley. Drizzle the inside of a split loaf of focaccia with olive oil, fill with the olive mixture and sliced provolone. Cut into squares.

15. Asparagus Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 3 tablespoons softened butter with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs. Spread on pumpernickel bread, cut into rectangles. Slice cooked asparagus tips in half lengthwise; lay on the bread and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Top with chopped hard-boiled egg, salt and pepper.

16. Anchovy–Lemon Butter Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 1 stick softened butter with 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest. Spread on white bread. Sandwich with anchovies, sliced tomato and Bibb lettuce. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

17. Salmon-Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
    Spread softened cream cheese on white bread. Sandwich with smoked salmon and sliced cucumber. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

18. Shrimp Salad Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 1 cup chopped cooked shrimp with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon each grated lemon zest and juice, and 1 teaspoon each chopped chives, parsley and capers. Sandwich white bread with the shrimp salad and Bibb lettuce. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

19. Crab Salad Tea Sandwiches
    Make Shrimp Salad Tea Sandwiches (above recipe) with 1 cup crabmeat instead of shrimp. Add sliced avocado.

20. Curried Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 3 chopped, hard-boiled eggs, 3 tablespoons each chopped celery, red onion and cilantro, 2 teaspoons each Dijon mustard and lime juice, and 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Cut white bread into pieces and spread with mango chutney. Sandwich with the egg salad.

21. Pesto Chicken Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 2 teaspoons pesto with 2 tablespoons olive oil; brush on thin baguette rounds. Top with sliced cooked chicken breast and halved grape tomatoes. Drizzle with more pesto oil.

22. Bresaola-Artichoke Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter and 1/4 cup chopped jarred artichoke hearts; season with salt and pepper. Spread on thin baguette rounds. Top with sliced Bresaola and drizzle with olive oil.

23. Peanut Butter–Bacon Tea Sandwiches
    Spread peanut butter on white bread. Layer chopped cooked bacon and sliced banana on top. Top with bread spread with mayonnaise. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

24. Prosciutto-Fig Tea Sandwiches
    Spread softened butter and fig jam on the inside of a split baguette. Fill with prosciutto, sliced pears and Bibb lettuce; season with salt and pepper. Cut into pieces.

25. Roast Beef–Horseradish Tea Sandwiches
    Spread horseradish cream on rye cocktail bread. Sandwich with sliced cucumber, roast beef and watercress, season with salt and pepper.

26. California Chicken Tea Sandwiches
    Cut whole-wheat toast into pieces. Spread with green goddess dressing. Sandwich with sliced smoked chicken, sliced avocado, diced tomato and alfalfa sprouts, season with salt and pepper.

27. Salmon Salad Tea Sandwiches
    Combine 1 cup flaked cooked salmon, 3 tablespoons each mayonnaise, chopped chives and dill, and 1 teaspoon each Dijon mustard and lemon juice. Layer the salmon salad and sliced radishes on pumpernickel bread. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

28. Smoked Turkey–Apple Tea Sandwiches
    Brush the inside of a split baguette with softened butter. Fill with smoked turkey, cheddar cheese and sliced apple, and season with salt and pepper. Slice, then top with a dollop of apple jelly.

29. Cheddar-Pickle Tea Sandwiches
    Spread mayonnaise on white bread. Sandwich with pickle slices and aged cheddar. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces, then press the edges in chopped parsley.

30. BLT Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 1/3 cup each mayonnaise and finely chopped cooked bacon; season with pepper. Spread on toasted white bread. Sandwich with sliced cherry tomatoes and baby greens. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

31. Sweet Onion Tea Sandwiches
    Spread softened butter on white bread. Top with thinly sliced sweet onion and season with salt; top with bread spread with mayonnaise. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces; press the edges in chopped parsley.

32. Smoked Trout Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter with 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest. Spread on pumpernickel bread. Sandwich with flaked smoked trout and sliced cucumber and onion. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

33. Roasted Vegetable Tea Sandwiches
    Spread goat cheese (or any mild-flavored, creamy cheese) on the bottom half of a split baguette and sun-dried tomato pesto on the top half. Fill with roasted eggplant and zucchini slices and roasted red pepper strips. Cut into pieces.

34. Caprese Tea Sandwiches
    Layer sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil on a split focaccia loaf. Add salt, pepper and chopped jarred artichoke hearts; drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the sandwich in plastic and place a heavy skillet on top; press for 30 minutes, then unwrap and slice.

35. Peas and Carrots Tea Sandwiches
    Puree 1/2 cup thawed frozen peas with 1 tablespoon each olive oil and water; season with salt and pepper. Cut whole-grain toast into squares; spread with the peas and top with shaved carrot. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil, sprinkle with grated parmesan and season with salt and pepper.

36. Strawberry–Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
    Spread softened cream cheese on slices of date-nut bread and sandwich with sliced strawberries. Cut into pieces.

37. Pimiento Cheese Tea Sandwiches
    Mix 2 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup each shredded cheddar and jack cheese, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste; stir in 1/4 cup chopped pimientos. Sandwich on white bread. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

38. Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
    Whisk 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons each chopped shallot and tarragon, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper, stir in 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken. Sandwich toasted white bread with the chicken salad, watercress. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

39. Lemon-Berry Tea Sandwiches
    Cut toasted English muffin halves into quarters. Spread with lemon curd and top with berries.

40. Nutella and Banana Tea Sandwiches
    Spread 2-3 Tbsp. of Netella on one side of whole-wheat or white bread, thinly slice banana, layering the slices over the Nutella spread. Trim crusts and cut into pieces.

No, I have not made any of these. I just wanted a safer place to keep them safe. Any idea from those who follow my …wordpress page please feel free to repost and/or add some of your own. Let have some fun!

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