Sandwiches for Your Tea Sandwich Platter
A selection of three sandwiches for your tea sandwich platter will yield 12 servings. If you plan on a few servings per guest, this will serve about 4-6 people. With side dishes, like fresh fruit or a mixed green salad, this should make for a satisfying afternoon meal.
A gourmet choice to wow your friends with is a brie with smoked ham and apple tea sandwich. I made mine meat-free by opting for no ham, and used a pecan apple butter for the shmear instead of onion jam. Keep in mind that while this sandwich is super tasty hot out of the pan, it will slice cleanly if you wait until it’s cooled a bit.
My next tea sandwich is a vegan option: tomato, hummus, and spinach on 12-grain bread. Grab a ripe heirloom tomato of any color and slice a few thin slices. Spread hummus on both pieces of your bread so that the inside ingredients stay well-kept in the sandwich. Add your veggies and assemble the sides together. Chill after assembling and before quartering for a clean cut.
Then, a sweet option for my tea sandwich platter: my new favorite flavor, apricot cream cheese brioche. Brioche is a bread of French origin whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb.
Apricot Cream Cheese Brioche Tea Sandwich
- 6-8 dried apricots, chopped
- 1 oz brandy
- 1/3 cup cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon sour cream (optional)
- 2 teaspoons sugar (to taste)
- 2 slices brioche bread
Soak the chopped apricots in the brandy for 5 to 15 minutes. Drain, and then mash them into the cream cheese. If you want the mixture a little wetter, try adding sour cream. Add sugar to your taste.
Spread the mixture evenly, to the edges, on one slice of brioche. Top with the second slice.
Cover with a slightly damp paper towel and chill to allow the spread to set.
Cut into quarters to serve.
There are some things to consider if you’re going to make your tea sandwiches ahead of time. For more on how to make tea sandwiches and then store them before serving, check out this article.
Plating You Tea Sandwich Platter
My favorite tip for arranging a tea sandwich platter is to create your own tiered server at home with whatever bowls, vases, or candlesticks you have.
Most likely you have what you need to creatively design your very own server. I start with a small bowl that I can turn upside down to use as the base for my plate. I play around with different heights to see what works for the space I’m using.
You can create a tiered serving station for the middle of your table and display all of your sandwiches there. Or, if you want to create personal servings for each of your guests, use small plates to display an assortment of tea sandwiches for each person. I love small demitasse plates for a single tea sandwich.
Eye Catching Accents
The next thing to decide on for your tea sandwich platter is what to use to spruce up your sandwich decor. A very simple and fun option is to create a sandwich topper with curling ribbon and a toothpick. You may already have curling ribbon at home in your holiday gift wrap box, so this will make it a quick, eye-catching option. Pick a few pretty colors, cut to size, and curl before tying to the pick.
Another way to use a toothpick for a dress-up option is to select a complimentary fruit or veggie sandwich topper. I used a salty garlic-stuffed green olive to pair with my brie and apple sandwich.
Get creative with cupcake toppers, too, for your tea sandwich platter. I had pretty paper flower toppers in my craft closet and thought they paired perfectly with my Apricot Cream Cheese Brioche tea sandwich.
Fresh flowers or cut greens can really spruce up your tea sandwich platter. Use small vases filled with cut flowers throughout your table setting, or use them on your guests’ plates to highlight their individual sandwiches. Edible flowers would be a delightful and surprising accompaniment on top of your sandwiches.
Tea and Sandwich Pairings
If the weather is warm, Huckleberry Happiness black tea is a refreshing iced tea choice – and is almost tastier than a bowl of freshly picked berries and whipped cream. It has a melange of fresh berries and hint of hydrating hibiscus.
A great choice for a hot tea selection is the Housewarming Blend. It’s a delicious vanilla “creme brulée” black tea blend similar to the Plum Deluxe House Blend (just vanilla) with hints of creaminess and caramel and a touch of floral sweetness.
For a cozy cuppa herbal tea, Buttery Shortbread is a must-have. Honeybush paired with cocoa peel and blackberry leaf provide intriguing depth of flavor, with a buttery feel and sweet, creamy taste. It’s a Plum Deluxe staff favorite!
With some inspiration, imagination, and creativity, you’re ready to design your own eye-catching tea sandwich platter for your next get together. Enjoy!