Tea sandwiches are delicious and nutritious snacks. They are also very versatile.
The ingredients can vary depending on the type of bread or cake you choose. There are even some interesting variations, such as adding cheese or nuts.
Tea has become a staple part of our daily lives. In fact, over half of Americans consume at least two cups per day. Tea is a great way to relax after a long day and enjoy its health benefits.
1. Cucumber-Butter Tea Sandwich
Mix four tablespoons softened butter, 1 / 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest, and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herb. Spread on white bread and spread with mixture.
Trim the crusts off and cut them into pieces. Use a vegetable peeler to make thin slices of cucumbers. Place a slice of bread on each plate. Top with cucumber slices and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately.
2. Mini Rosemary-Roast Beef Sandwiches
This recipe combines some of our favorite ingredients into one easy sandwich. You’ll love how it tastes, and you’ll feel great about eating healthy, too.
Slice roast beef into four equal pieces. Place each piece of meat onto a separate slice of bread. Spread 1 tablespoon of cream cheese over each piece of meat.
Top each piece of meat with 3 thin slices of tomato, and 1 slice of red onion, and sprinkle with basil leaves. Close sandwiches and place them onto a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
3. Chicken Salad Party Sandwiches
The Chicken Salad Party sandwich is one of those sandwiches you either love or hate.
It consists of chicken salad on white bread, topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise.
You know it’s good because it tastes like summer. But sometimes, it just doesn’t taste quite right.
4. Ham ‘N’ Cheese Biscuit Stacks
If you like biscuits and ham, you’ll love these Ham & Cheese Biscuit Sticks. They’re a great way to enjoy both flavors without having to eat separate foods.
You can make them ahead of time and freeze them for later use. Just thaw them out and cook according to the package instructions.
5. Crab Salad Tea Sandwiches
The Crab Salad Tea Sandwich is one of those sandwiches you never knew existed. And now you can enjoy it at your next garden party!
The sandwich features crab salad, lettuce, tomato, avocado, red onion, pickles, and spicy mustard served on bread of your choice!
6. Ham & Potato Salad Sandwiches
The Ham & Potato Salad Sandwich is a sandwich consisting of ham and potato salad. This dish originated in the United States during World War II, where it was served as part of the American diet.
Most often, the ingredients are combined into one large bowl, mixed together, and eaten with bread.
This recipe is very easy to make. You just need to combine the ingredients and serve them immediately. If you want to keep the taste longer, refrigerate the mixture overnight.
7. Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
The Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwich is one of our favorite sandwiches ever. We love it because it combines the best parts of salmon and tea into one delicious sandwich.
This recipe is great for lunches, picnics, or even dinner parties. You can make it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
8. Cucumber Canapés
The name sounds like something you’d find at a fancy restaurant, but it’s actually a simple recipe that’ll make you feel like you’re dining out even though you’re cooking at home.
This dish uses just four ingredients — cucumbers, feta cheese, mint, and olive oil — and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
9. Egg Salad Sandwiches
Egg salad is one of those things that people love to eat, but don’t always make well. This recipe is easy enough to throw together in minutes, and it tastes great. You won’t believe how good it really is!
Cut each egg into 8 slices. Spread 2 tablespoons of mayo onto both sides of 4 pieces of bread.
Top each piece of bread with a slice of egg, followed by another slice of bread. Press down firmly to ensure that the egg is sandwiched tightly between the two slices of bread.
Repeat for the remaining 3 pieces of bread. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally. Serve immediately.
10. Tomato, Mozzarella, & Basil Tea Sandwiches
These little sandwiches are perfect for summer entertaining. They’re easy to make and quick to prepare.
Once assembled, just pop them into the oven and let them cook up while you enjoy some drinks outside.
Start by spreading one side of each slice of bread with olive oil. Then lay down slices of the delicious mozzarella and place the second piece of soft bread over it.
Next, add a few slices of tomato and season them with salt and pepper. Finally, cut off a small piece of basil and place it on top of the tomatoes.
11. Tomato Twiddle
Tomato twiddles are one of those simple recipes that make for a great party appetizer. They are quick to put together and are perfect for summer picnics and potlucks (see also ‘29 Potluck Appetizers That Will Be The Talk Of Your Next Party‘).
You can use whatever type of bread you like — whole wheat, sourdough (see also ‘26 Simple Sourdough Discard Recipes‘), etc. — but we recommend using something hearty enough to hold up to the condiments.
A good option is an Italian flatbread such as focaccia or pita.
12. Raspberry Fluff And Delicious Nutella Sandwiches
You’ll start with extremely fluffy white baguette-style bread and add your mixture of sweet raspberry preserves and the Marshmallow Fluff. Then, you’ll spread Nutellahoney onto one side of each slice.
Finally, you’ll place the second piece of bread on top and press down gently.
Next, cut out some small circles of parchment paper and arrange them around the outside edges of the sandwiches.
Once you’ve done that, carefully fold the sides of the bread inward and secure them with toothpicks.
13. BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) Tea Sandwiches
Much like the ham and cheese sandwich above, these are your standard BLTs with bacon, salad, tomato, and bread. But the circular cut makes all the difference.
These sandwiches are instantly more formal and perfect for serving alongside tea.
14. Herb Butter And Radish Tea Sandwiches
Herb butter and radish tea sandwiches are one of our favorite snacks. They’re simple to make and don’t require much effort.
You just mix some radishes with butter, salt, pepper, and herbs, roll it up into a ball, slice it and serve.
15. Afternoon Tea Summer Sandwiches
We cheat slightly here and add three basic sandwiches all in one because there are just too many great ones out there to cover them all individually.
But if you’re looking for some classic English tea-based recipes, try these three:
- Egg Salad Sandwich – A traditional favorite, it’s a simple spread of eggs, bacon, and onions mixed together with mayonnaise. You can use whatever type of bread you like best, though we prefer crusty white bread.
- Watercress & Cucumber Sandwich – This is our personal favorite. It’s a perfect summer lunchtime treat. Watercress is a member of the lettuce family, but unlike iceberg lettuce, it doesn’t wilt quickly and tastes much fresher.
- Apricot Jam, Jalapeño, & Cheese Sandwich – For something a little different, try this combination.
16. Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches
Give your egg salad sandwiches a kick by adding tangy celery and other ingredients like chives, parsley, and avocado.
Celery adds a rich flavor and texture to the sandwich that really takes it over the edge.
Doing this gives them a deeper flavor that has depth and richness to it. They’re also hearty enough to hold you over throughout the day.
17. Apple, Prosciuotto, And Brie Tea Sandwiches
They’re perfect for lunchtime picnics, too, because you don’t need much else beyond the bread.
We use sourdough here, but white works just fine, too. If you want a lighter option, try our homemade version of the classic French baguette.
18. Deviled Egg Sandwiches
Deviled egg ribbon sandwiches might just be one of the best things you’ve never heard of. They’re essentially a very cheesy variation of deviled eggs on soft bread, held up with the freshest chives.
19. Crab Salad Sandwiches
The recipe calls for red onion, celery, tomato, cucumber, avocado, and even some spicy sriracha sauce.
Plus, there are a few key ingredients that give the dish its flavor profile: lemon juice, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce.
You’ll also want to use a baguette because it’s what makes the sandwich taste so damn good.
20. Cheesy Shrimp Tea Sandwiches (Canapés)
If you love shrimp, you’ve probably been served some pretty darned delicious versions over the years. But we bet you haven’t had anything quite like these cheesy shrimp tea sandwiches.
They’re basically little mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and they come together quickly and easily thanks to store-bought ingredients.
21. Tomato And Gouda Sandwiches
Gouda cheese is often used in savory dishes, especially those featuring onions, mushrooms, or potatoes.
But did you know that Gouda goes well with tomato sauce too? This recipe combines two favorite foods into one sandwich, making it perfect for lunchtime.
22. Carrot Sandwiches With Garlic And Extra Cheese
When it comes to sandwich recipes, there are some things we just don’t care for. We’ll take cucumbers over carrots, and we’ll even go with egg salad over tuna salad (see also ‘17 Best Sides To Serve With Tuna Steak‘).
But what about carrot sandwiches? They seem like a great idea, but they’re actually pretty terrible.
Not because of the taste, mind you; those are delicious. But because they’re boring. And that’s why we’re here today to talk about how to make carrot tea sandwiches that aren’t boring.
23. Triples (Three-Layer Avocado And Egg Sandwich)
A simple egg sandwich is one of those things you either love or hate. If it’s too bland, it might make you want to cry. But if it’s too spicy, you’re probably going to throw up.
Well, we found a solution to both problems. We call it the triple. This delicious creation features three different kinds of cheese, two types of meat, and a variety of vegetables.
24. Curried Chicken And Salad Sandwiches
We like to serve this salad with a slice of crusty bread, some greens, and maybe even a side of mango chutney.
You can use regular chicken breast, boneless skinless thighs, or even rotisserie chicken. Just remember to cook it first.
25. Ham And Pimento Cheese Tea Sandwiches With Pickled Okra Garnish
This recipe combines our love of traditional Southern dishes like fried chicken and biscuits with our favorite foods: pimento cheese and ham.
For the sandwich itself, try using thick slices of bread, such as cornbread or Texas toast. For added texture and crunch, add crumbled cooked bacon to the bottom half of each slice.
26. Sandwich Sushi Style Rolls
The next recipe we’ve got is not actual specifically sushi rolls, but it looks like they might be. And they are just fun, for kids or adults.
You can actually make tuna-based sushi rolls or even a common favorite, cheese and ham sushi rolls. There’s even a chicken avocado version (see also ‘53 Amazing Avocado Recipes For Any Meal‘).
You can actually turn anything into one of these sushi roll sandwiches. All you need is some bread, fillings, and something to hold it together.
27. Turkey Tarragon Tea Sandwiches
We’ve been making these turkey tarragon tea sandwiches for years! This recipe makes enough for four people, but feel free to double it up if you’re feeding a crowd.
28. Jelly And Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Everyone knows just how to make their way around a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but if you would like something a little fancier, you’ll want to use a circular cookie cutter to form the base of the sandwich.
Then, layering it up is pretty straightforward. Start with bread, spread peanut butter over one half of the bread, add some jelly, cover with another piece of bread, slice into quarters, and voila! A delicious PB&J tea sandwich.
The possibilities are endless, so feel free to experiment! You could even try making a PB&J sandwich with different flavors of jam.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Prepare Tea Sandwiches Ahead Of Time
Tea sandwiches are easy to prepare ahead of time. They don’t require much work, just some planning. And you can even prep them up to a couple of days ahead of time.
All you really need to do is assemble the sandwiches the night before and store them in an airtight container.
Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. When you want to serve the sandwiches, take them out of the fridge about 15 minutes beforehand so that they aren’t too cold.
What Bread Is Best For Tea Sandwiches?
Traditionally, many varieties of teacup sandwiches are made with white sliced bread, but it can sometimes be good to vary the bread to add some visual interest.
White bread is preferable because it doesn’t absorb too much moisture from the filling, while dark bread absorbs more liquid and tends to dry out faster.
Some fillings like cucumber tend to be delicate, so white bread is ideal, although wholemeal or rye bread can also do the job.
The main thing you’re looking for is the shape – you want something fairly square, so you don’t end up wasting slices.
The bread needs to be big enough to fit the filling without being too large. If you use small bread rolls, you’ll end up cutting off the crusts, which isn’t great for the environment.
To avoid this, just buy bigger bread rolls and slice them yourself.
You want the filling to be close to the edges of the bread, otherwise, you’ll end up with drips of filling running down the sides.
This is particularly important when making sandwiches with fillings such as cheese, egg, ham, etc., where you want everything to be neat and tidy.
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