tea sandwich ideas – perfect for the entertaining season

The variety of tea sandwiches is really limitless. To me the quintessential tea sandwich is the cucumber sandwich. My mom made them frequently, and I make them for special occasions as well. Come on in as I share the cucumber tea sandwich recipe I use plus other tea sandwich ideas you can use throughout the entertaining season.

ideas for tea sandwiches

In the tiered tray below (from top to bottom) I served mini caprese sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, and egg salad sandwiches.

In the following tray I served smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber tea sandwiches and Serrano ham with Manchego cheese sandwiches.

cucumber tea sandwich recipe

  • 4 Slices white bread
  • 4 Tablespoons soften butter
  • 1 large Cucumber or 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dill
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Peel and deseed (if large) cucumber
  • Finally slice or dice cucumber and allow to sit in a colander sprinkled with salt for 10 minutes
  • Cut crusts off the bread slices
  • Spread butter liberally on crustless bread slices
  • Pat cucumber dry and mix with mayonnaise, dill and S&P to taste
  • Spread cucumber mixture evenly on 2 bread slices and top with other 2 slices
  • Cut sandwiches into quarters and arrange on platter

when and how to serve tea sandwiches

Of course tea sandwiches are the star of the show served during high tea, but can also be served for other occasions. I often serve them as finger foods when it’s a serve yourself type of occasion with a large spread. They are also a great option for a brunch setting, a bridal or baby shower, as well as a picnic.

Tea sandwiches during high tea are commonly served on tiered trays as above or pedestal plates are also a great option. They are also conveniently saved in pass around trays where guest can easy help themselves.

When there a few different varieties, including descriptions to assist guests is quite helpful. This also helps folks with nutritional considerations.

tips on making tea sandwiches

Just like the ingredients are varied, offering a wide assortment to choose from, I also like to create the sandwiches in different shapes.

There are triangles, rectangles, and squares which can easily be achieved with a sharp knife. I also like creating circular sandwiches, using these circle cutters. The sandwiches should be sized to be eaten in about two to 3 bites.

Bon appetite. I’ll share recipes for additional varieties in subsequent posts.

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  1. Nice. The third photo was a bit like a high tea.

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