It wouldn’t be a tea without the dainty little sandwiches cut into fun shapes. The two I chose to make for my party are perhaps the most commonly associated with afternoon tea. When some friends and I were on a cruise we made the mistake of going to the afternoon tea without having lunch first. We kept asking for sandwich after sandwich! I don’t think the waiters were very happy with us! The lesson we learned?? It takes a lot of these little tea sandwiches to fill you up, so next time, don’t skip lunch!
Egg Salad Sandwiches
2 Hardboiled eggs, chopped fine
½ c. mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. chives, finely chopped
8 thin slices of white or wheat bread
Mix mayonnaise with eggs, chives, salt, and pepper. Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of butter. Divide the egg salad among 4 slices of the bread; top with the rest of the bread. Trim the crusts and cut each sandwich into 2 triangles. Refrigerate of keep in a cooler until right before serving time.
Peel cucumbers and slice very thin. Sprinkle slices with salt and drain on paper towels. Spread white bread with unsalted butter and a thin layer of cream cheese and layer cucumbers no more than ¼ inch high. Sprinkle lightly with dill, top with another slice of bread. Cut into desired shapes.