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Whether you’re hosting a special event or enjoying a high-end snack at home, these Tea Sandwiches are the perfectly beautiful way to add a tasty treat to your tea.
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Get ready for a party with these tea sandwiches! There was never a baby shower, bridal shower, or wedding reception that didn’t have these tea sandwiches. The combination of cheez whiz and ham doesn’t always sound appealing together but it is a soft and delicious flavor. They are so easy to make and have the perfect flavoring! Add cucumber slices and grapes for a beautiful presentation!
Tea sandwiches can be made in a variety of ways! These sandwiches are small and perfect finger food to enjoy at any party. They are also simple to make and layered together to stick so nothing will fall out of them while walking around or mingling. You can make a variety of sandwiches as well using egg salad, chicken salad, or tuna as layers, just make sure you chop or process the ingredients up enough so it spreads easily.
Tea Sandwiches Ingredients
These are always a HUGE hit with my little girls and even my husband helped himself to a few and was pleasantly surprised by how good were. They are just so dainty and are perfect for little tea parties, showers, or birthdays. Plus, they are SUPER easy to make!
- White bread – Pick your favorite white bread to slice and cut into strips. Usually, when I have had these in the past, the layers of bread are colored either pink, white, and green or pink, white, and orange, but obviously, they all taste exactly the same. I stuck with all-white bread for the sake of ease but by all means, if you want to go all out, make your own bread and dye them different colors!
- Deli ham – Slice the ham into small slices and pieces to fit perfectly over the bread without falling out.
- Mayonnaise – Spread the mayo mixture overtop the bread.
- Cheez Whiz – I know the Cheese Whiz sounds strange but it holds the sandwich together better than any other cheese.
How To Make Tea Sandwiches
Perhaps you’ve heard of these sandwiches by one of their other names. Ribbon Sandwiches or Finger Sandwiches. No matter what you call them, they are a fun, versatile option to consider next time you’re in charge of the party food.
- Blend – In a food processor, process ham (in batches if needed) until ham is well chopped. Place ham in a medium-sized bowl and stir in mayonnaise until smooth and well combined.
- Spread – Lay out 3 rows of 12 slices of bread. On 12 slices of bread, spread about 2 tablespoons of Cheez Whiz (like you would peanut butter). On another 12 slices, spread the ham mixture.
- Layer – Top the cheese slice of bread with the ham spread slice, then top with the plain slice of bread. Repeat with all bread slices.
- Slice – Using a sharp serrated knife, gently cut away the crust from each “sandwich”. Cut each square in half and then half once again in the same direction (making long rectangles as seen in the picture).
- Storing – Place finger sandwiches without overlapping in large Ziploc bags and refrigerate until ready to serve.
“I love these–they’re my go-to item for holiday pot-luck parties, and always get raves from the other guests.”-MAB
Frequently Asked Questions
There are always several types and varieties. Chicken and mayonnaise are popular as well as cucumber tea sandwiches, cheese, dijon mustard, ham sandwich, tuna and mayo sandwich, or roast beef and horseradish are all great combination sandwiches.
In England, tea finger sandwiches are traditionally served in the afternoon and have a combination of a few different sandwiches present at the table. Ham and mustard, cucumber, egg, cress, smoked salmon and coronation chicken are all favorites.
Yes! There is a careful way of doing it though in order for the sandwiches to stay fresh overnight. Make the sandwiches ahead of time and assemble them the way you would the night before. Loosely cover them with wax paper. Add a damp paper towel to an airtight container then store it in the refrigerator. This will help keep the sandwiches fresh overnight without drying out the bread.
Absolutely! Pumpernickel bread or whole wheat bread is also popular and delicious!
These can be served immediately but in my opinion, they taste best when refrigerated for at least 3-4 hours. They will easily keep if made a day ahead of time. Makes 24 servings (2 finger sandwiches per serving).
More Finger Food Recipes
There’s something so fun about a variety of finger foods at any social function. If you want to mix things up at your next event, try these Ham Roll-Ups with Pickles and Phyllo Cups with Fruit at your next party. Or if you want a tray of all kinds of finger foods, a Charcuterie Board is the way to go.
How to Make Ribbon Finger Sandwiches
Ribbon Finger Sandwiches (AKA Tea Sandwiches)
- Food Processor
- Lay out 3 rows of 12 slices of bread.
- In a food processor, process ham (in batches if needed) until ham is well chopped. Place ham in a medium-sized bowl and stir in mayonnaise until smooth and well combined.
- On 12 slices of bread, spread about 2 tablespoons of Cheez Whiz (like you would peanut butter).
- On another 12 slices, spread the ham mixture.
- Top the cheese slice of bread with the ham spread slice, then top with the plain slice of bread. Repeat with all bread slices.
- Using a sharp knife, gently cut away the crust from each “sandwich”. Cut each square in half and then half once again in the same direction (making long rectangles as seen in the picture).
- Place finger sandwiches (trying not to overlap) in large Ziploc bags and refrigerate until ready to serve (up to a day ahead of time– *see above note).
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