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5 Easy tea sandwiches that will definitely impress your guests

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

These simple yet impressive tea sandwiches are perfect for easy entertaining

Not only are tea sandwiches fun to eat, but they are also fun to create, with a variety of flavors that can be put together. With different kinds served all together on one plate, they are truly a feast for the eyes.

When you are expecting guests over for tea (or even cocktails), impress them with some of these sandwiches, or better yet, make all of them. They are very easy and quick to make, so you can prepare a beautiful spread in no time.

There are a lot of combinations that I love, but these are my top picks to share with you. They never disappoint, and after trying one combo after the other, you won't be able to pick which one is the best, because they just keep getting better and better.

These simple yet impressive tea sandwiches are perfect for easy entertaining

Sun-dried tomato paste, cheese and basil tea sandwich recipe

Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil make a perfect match in this very simple sandwich. Use whatever kind of mild-tasting cheese you can get.

Yields 12

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 slices whole-wheat or white sandwich bread
  • 3 slices mild cheese
  • 6 large, fresh basil leaves
  • 12 small, fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a mini chopper, combine the sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil. Blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped and combined well with the oil.
  2. On a slice of bread, place 1 slice of cheese, spread some sun-dried tomato paste, and then top with 2 basil leaves. Cover with another slice of bread.
  3. Slice the sandwich into 4 triangles.
  4. Garnish each triangular sandwich with the small basil leaves, if using.

These simple yet impressive tea sandwiches are perfect for easy entertaining

Feta, roasted peppers and chives tea sandwich recipe

Feta cheese is great with almost everything because of its moderate taste. In this tea sandwich, I paired it with ready-made roasted peppers for their smoky flavor as well as fresh chives. Delicious!

Yields 8

Prep time: 3 minutes | Cook time: 12 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup roasted peppers, coarsely chopped
  • Fresh chives, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread in a toaster, and then, using a round food cutter, cut 2 circles into every slice of bread.
  2. Place the feta, roasted peppers and chives on the bread.

These simple yet impressive tea sandwiches are perfect for easy entertaining

Prosciutto crudo, Parmesan cream cheese and arugula tea sandwich recipe

This is an Italianized ham and cheese mini sandwich mixed with arugula, which gives it a more interesting flavor.

Yields 6

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices sandwich bread
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • Parmesan cheese shavings (optional)
  • 3 big slices prosciutto crudo or any similar ham
  • Arugula

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread in a bread toaster.
  2. While waiting, in a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and grated Parmesan. Set aside.
  3. Spread some cream cheese on a slice of toasted bread, and place a slice of prosciutto on top.
  4. Distribute the arugula and Parmesan shavings on top.
  5. Cover with another slice of toasted bread, and slice it in the middle.

These simple yet impressive tea sandwiches are perfect for easy entertaining

Paprika egg salad, fava beans and arugula tea sandwich recipe

Add some spice to your egg salad with a pinch of paprika. It makes a lot of difference in taste. By combining it with fava beans and arugula, it will surely be a hit with your taste buds.

Yields 8

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup mayonnaise
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • 1/8 cup fava beans (fresh or precooked)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • Arugula

Directions:

  1. Over medium-high heat, boil the eggs until hard-boiled. Shell them, and chop coarsely.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, eggs, a pinch of paprika and salt. Set aside.
  3. If using fresh fava beans, then while boiling the eggs, shell them and blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove the outer skins of the beans. If using precooked fava beans, then skip this step. Mix the fava beans with the olive oil.
  4. Toast the bread in a toaster.
  5. On a slice of toasted bread, put some arugula, egg mayo and fava beans.
  6. Divide the sandwich into 4 pieces.

These simple yet impressive tea sandwiches are perfect for easy entertaining

Fennel cream cheese and smoked salmon pumpernickel tea sandwich recipe

This is a very simple-looking sandwich, but the flavors of lemon, fennel and salmon can get you biting for more.

Yields 8

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh fennel leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 2-4 slices smoked salmon (quantity depends on size of the slices)
  • 2 slices pumpernickel bread

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, fennel, lemon zest, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
  2. Spread a layer of cream cheese on the bread, and place a slice or slices of salmon.
  3. Slice the bread into bite-size pieces.

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