Sue thought it would be fun if I made finger sandwiches for our daughter’s bridal shower. I immediately hit the books and internet to scope out recipes. I read dozens of recipes and then started working on ideas. I came up with four ideas, which are no doubt based in part on the dozens I read, so I make no claim to creating the dishes. I decided to make: Chicken Salad Tea Sandwich; Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Caviar; Mini-Italian subs; and Goat-cheese and watercress on raisin bread.
Here’s a tip I learned the hard way; try to get uniform sized loaves of bread as it allows you to create more uniform sized sandwiches.While it takes about 2 hours to make four platers, it is easy and the results are awesome!
recipes serves 10 with sides of salad and fruit.
Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Caviar:
1/2 pound top quality smoked salmon.
cream cheese double whipped.
cucumber – sliced thinly.
fresh dill – minced.
Spread cream cheese on bread. Add slice or so of smoked salmon. Add cumber, sprinkle with dill and top with small dollop of caviar.
Slice off bread crust and then cut sandwich diagonally. Plate, place toothpicks in center and corners to keep plastic wrap off the sandwich and refrigerate.
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwich and Mini Italian Subs
Ingredients for Chicken Salad Tea Sandwich
1 whole skinless boneless chicken breast (about one pound).
Quality white bread such as sourdough etc.
1 cup chopped celery.
1 cup minced white onion.
2 Tbsp mayonaise.
1 carrot sliced diagonally, and 1 celery stalk sliced – for boiling with chicken
Add water to large pot, heat to boil, add chicken, sliced carrots and celery, salt and pepper. Reduce boil to strong rolling simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken from water, let cool for a few minutes and then refrigerate. Discard boiling carrot and celery.
Place diced onion in bowl. Halve limes and squeeze juice onto the onion. Add 1/4 tsp salt stir, cover and refrigerate.
Once chicken is cooled chop it into small pieces and place in large mixing bowl. Add mayonnaise, and then the chopped celery and stir. Add the marinated onion and stir to mix.
Spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread. Add chicken salad and then top with second slice of bread. Slice off crust and slice sandwich into halves or quarters depending on size of bread and your vision.
10 slices of capricola ham.
10 slices hard salami.
10 slices provolone cheese.
sliced Greek Peperoncini.
Spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread.
Sprinkle chopped lettuce as base, add ham, salmi, cheese, and top with Peronicini. Top with slice of bread, remove crust and slice into halves or quarters depending upon size of bread and your vision.
Goat Cheese and Watercress Finger Sandwich
Cinnamon raisin bread.
cream cheese double whipped.
1 cucumber -thinly sliced.
1/2 cup watercress – stems removed and chopped.
Spread cream cheese on raising bread, add cucumber, and then watercress. Top with second slice of bread, remove bread crust, and slice sandwich into diagonals.
So without too much effort your brunch or shower will be the talk of the town!
Good Eating and Table Talk,
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