Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tea Time!

For such a British film, I thought I should have tea with finger sandwiches.  There's a million different ways to make and enjoy tea sandwiches, so I read as many as I could and combined a few to make the best ones.  Feel free to experiment yourself.  Little bite size sandwiches are actually quite filling and delicious

Typical Tea Time

Three Delightful Bite-Sized Snacks

You’ll need:
½ a pound of thinly sliced roast beef (preferably Italian)
1 cucumber
1 container of whipped cream cheese (chive)
Small amount of fresh dill
½ cup fresh blackberries
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
vanilla bean cane sugar (or similar large grained sugar)
1 tsp horseradish
3 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Loaf of fresh marble rye bread
Loaf of fresh Challah bread
Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. I bought a loaf of pre-sliced marble rye bread, but really any kind will work.  Take several slices and cut off the crust.  Then cut into 4 squares.  Do this 2 or 3 times.
  2. Mix together the horseradish, Dijon mustard, and mayonnaise according to taste.  More horseradish and mustard will make the sandwich much spicier.    
  3. Spread the mixture on half the bread, and then layer the top with roast beef.  Use salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Chop the dill and mix with half the container of cream cheese.  Spread the cream cheese on the slices of bread.
  2. Using a peeler, peel the peel off the cucumber, and then use the peeler to create thin slices of cucumber.
  3. Place the cucumber slices on top of the cream cheese, and trim edges with a sharp knife.  Sprinkle dill to garnish.
  1. Slice the Challah bread into individual slices, and then cut off the crusts.  Slice into squares.
  2. Whip the heavy cream with a standing mixer until it forms stiff peaks.
  3. Smash the blackberries with either a mortar and pedestal, or a regular spoon, until they are loosely mashed together.   
  4. Spread the whipped cream on the Challah bread, and top with blackberries, avoiding the cores.  Lightly sprinkle sugar on top to garnish. Serve and enjoy!
    I choose to serve the sandwiches without bread on top, but that is a personal preference.  Feel free to experiment and create your own!  I will say these are particularly delicious, but I’d love to hear more…
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