Adorable little Heart Tea Sandwiches are perfect for a Valentine’s Day party, or any lunch party. Adults Love them because they are finger food, but your kids will love the cute little shapes and eat them up. So think of a sandwich in a different way and make a batch of Valentines Party Tea Sandwichs.
When I was a child and if you had told me the ingredients of finger sandwiches I don’t think I would’ve ever touched one. But cut them into mini Tea Sandwichs and I was all in. When I would see any of these little shape sandwiches at a church function, I couldn’t get enough of them.
My love for these little-shaped sandwiches started very young, as our church served them for every party function. A women’s lunch or Christmas Eve potluck these little goodies would always be there. Tea Sandwiches were my first introduction to cream cheese cucumber combination and ham salad. We have always had dill egg salad for lunch sandwiches but having egg salad in a fancy shape make is extra special.
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They are so quick and easy to make and keep well in the refrigerator if you needed to make them the day before. Traditionally Tea sandwiches were crustless. You would purchase a regular loaf of bread remove the crust with a very sharp knife to make sure you got just the crust off and cut them into triangles and squares. Probably in around the late 60s and 70s bread companies around the holidays would make little tiny square crustless bread packages. They are not really crustless the crust is just very very light and thin. You can see one of these cocktail loafs here.
For my Valentines Day Party, triangles and squares just did not go with my heart theme, so I purchased some sturdy wheat bread and white bread that I could cut into adorable heart shapes for Valentine’s Day with my cookie cutters.
You Can DIY a Fabulous Valentines Party
I am so excited to have everyone over for a Valentine’s Lunch Party. I have been crafting and planning for weeks. You can find all the tutorials for the DIY crafts for my tablescape in the following posts:
- The Perfect Shortbread Heart Valentines Cookies
- DIY Vinyl Valentines Mugs
- DIY Vinyl Valentines Placemats
- DIY vinyl marble heart coasters (post in progress)
- Heart Cutter Cutters
- A good Pairing Knife
- Cutting Board
- Mixing Bowls
- Offset Spatula’s
- Hard Boiled Egg Chopper
- Vidalia Chop Wizard
There are three basic recipes for Tea Sandwiches Recipes that have been the tradition in our family and I know your family will love each one of these flavors:
- The 1st is a very traditional Cream Cheese filling with chive and a cucumber on top.
- The 2nd sandwich is a Classic Egg Salad with Dill.
- The 3rd is a traditional Ham Salad.
Each of these recipes is a quick and easy mix and ready to spread. Get all your ingredients out and ready to go before you start. It is best if you have your eggs hard-boiled the day before and in the refrigerator so that they are cold.
The sandwiches can be made the night before, placed on your trays and covered with plastic wrap (This is the only kind I use) and kept in the refrigerator.
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Cream Cheese Cucumber Tea Sandwichs:
- One 8 ounce package of regular cream cheese
- 4 mini Cucumbers
- 2 Chives finely chopped
Cream Cheese Cucumber Tea sandwiches are the simplest to make. Simply have your bread cut in the desired shape. Mine are hearts of course.Very simple tasty and very elegant.
- Place your cream cheese and a medium mixing bowl and with your hand mixer, whip the cream cheese to soft & fluffy (I did have to add about 2 teaspoons of water to get mine to mix). You can also purchase cream cheese in the container that is pre-whipped.
- Fold in by hand, the tops of 2 chives finely chopped. Use as much or as little chopped chives depending on taste.
- Spread a layer of cream cheese between two shapes of your precut bread.
- Leaving the skin on the cucumber, slice the cucumbers very thin and place one cucumber on the top of the top piece of bread.
Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches:
- Hard boil your eggs the night before and refrigerate.
- To make 24 to 30 egg salad tea sandwiches, you will need approximately 6 hard-boiled.
- 1 cup of light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of fresh dill chopped fine.
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh dill for garnish
- The day before you make the sandwiches hard boil the eggs. Add eggs to cold water, put on the stove on high bring to a boil. Cover after they start to boil, turn off the heat and let sit on the stove burner for 11 minutes. After 11 minutes rinse under cold water and put int he refrigerator.
- On the day that you’re going to make your tea sandwiches. Start by peeling and rinsing off The eggs.
- Using a hard boiled egg chopper, chop the eggs into small squares, this requires you to use the chopper in three different directions (This can also be done by hand been very careful not to crush the eggs).
- Mix the chopped hard-boiled eggs with the mayonnaise and salt and pepper and chopped dill.
- Spread a layer of egg salad between two pieces of your prepared bread.
- Place a small sprig of dill on top for garnish.
Classic Ham Salad Tea Sandwichs:
- 6 thick slices of cooked ham ground (not cold cuts) Ground it will make 2 Cups of ham
- 1 cup of light mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
- One stalk of finely chopped celery
- 2 tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish drained
- Can of Large Green olives with pimentos
- Pepper (no need for salt as the ham is salty)
- Make sure that the ham is cold.
- With the grinder attachment to a KitchenAid mixer or a food processor, grind the ham.
- Mix the ham with the mayonnaise, chopped onion, celery, and pickle relish, and a little pepper.
- Spread on your prepared cut shaped bread.
- Garnish with a small slice of olive.
I know you will have so much fun making these little sandwiches. They are quick and easy and your kids will love making the shapes out of bread. You can use any cookie cutter that is not too detailed. Remember you can also make the traditional squares or triangles.
Making shapes out of bread does leave a lot of unused bread. I took all my loose ends and put them in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator to use for croutons later. Everyone love croutons no matter the shape. I just make them bit sized, toss them with olive oil, basil, and oregano and bake at 350 until they are golden brown.
Have fun with your food and make mini sandwiches you will be surprised how they are eaten up.
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