Take a Bite Out of These High Tea Sandwich Ideas, From Classic to Contemporary

Last Updated on April 20, 2023 by Project Party

When planning a high tea party, sandwiches are an essential part of the menu. But what kind of sandwich fillings should you serve? The classic cucumber and cream cheese are often expected, but if you’re looking to make your high tea spread more interesting, there are plenty of other options too!

How to Make the Perfect High Tea Sandwich

To make finger sandwiches that are perfect for high tea, use a sharp knife to take off the crusts of the bread. Then slice it in half so that you can easily pick it up with your fingers. Spread a thin layer of either butter or mayonnaise on one side and add your favourite fillings on the other side. Enjoy the delightful experience of savouring these bite-sized sandwiches!

At a high tea, sandwiches are typically served on a tiered stand. The two top tiers usually hold the finger sandwiches and the bottom tier is for desserts or pastries. But, of course, it is entirely up to you and your guests!

Finger sandwiches have been a part of high tea since the mid-19th century. Traditionally, the fillings for finger sandwiches included cucumber, egg, salmon and smoked trout. However, there are now many other tasty options such as chicken with pesto mayonnaise or brie and bacon. Finger sandwiches are a great way to add variety to any high tea menu!

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10 Irresistible Sandwich Fillings to Add Flair to Your High Tea Event

From traditional favourites like egg salad and smoked salmon to contemporary ideas like roasted vegetables and hummus, here are 10 delicious sandwich-filling recipes for your next high tea event.

1. Classic Sandwich Fillings

Here are some of the classics for high tea sandwich fillings that you can enjoy:

  • Egg Salad: Chopped hard-boiled eggs with a creamy mayo dressing.
  • Cucumber and Cream Cheese: Thin cucumber slices with a dollop of cream cheese.
  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese: Delicious smoked salmon atop cream cheese, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.

Indulging in a classic high tea experience is not complete without the quintessential sandwich fillings of egg salad, cucumber and cream cheese, and smoked salmon and cream cheese. The egg salad provides a satisfying richness that pairs well with the freshness of cucumber and cream cheese. Meanwhile, the smoky flavour of the salmon complements the creaminess of the spread. These sandwich fillings are not only delicious, but they also offer an elegant touch to any afternoon tea gathering. Whether you are hosting a high tea party or simply enjoying a small bite to eat, these classic sandwich fillings will surely satisfy your taste buds in the most delightful way.

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2. Modern Sandwich Fillings

Here are some of the modern takes on high tea sandwich fillings that you can enjoy:

  • Roast Beef & Horseradish: Perfectly cooked thin slices of roast beef served on white bread with a sprinkle of horseradish.
  • Grilled Chicken & Tomato: Succulent grilled chicken slices paired perfectly with juicy tomato slices for a delightful bite.
  • Ham & Pickle: Juicy ham served between two slices of white bread, topped with small pickle chips for extra crunch.
  • Tuna Mayo & Gherkin: Classic combination of creamy tuna mayo balanced out by sharp gherkins for an added kick of flavour.

Modernising high tea sandwich fillings can be fun and exciting. With the addition of new flavours, textures and ingredients, you can create unique finger sandwiches that will impress your guests. Whether it’s roast beef with horseradish, or grilled chicken with tomatoes, these modern sandwich fillings are sure to tantalise taste buds in a truly special way. And with the added crunch from pickles and gherkins, these modern takes on high tea sandwiches will provide a delicious experience for all your guests!

3. Creative Sandwich Fillings

Here are some of the creative spins on high tea sandwich fillings that you can enjoy:

  • Hummus and Roasted Vegetables: Flavorsome hummus spread on white bread and topped with a selection of roasted vegetables.
  • Brie and Bacon: Creamy brie cheese with crispy bacon slices, served on freshly-baked bread or even a roll.
  • Pesto Chicken Salad: Juicy chicken salad, with a zesty pesto sauce served on sourdough bread.
  • Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Tomato: A savoury grilled cheese, with spinach and tomato slices for an added crunch.

Getting creative with high tea sandwiches is a great way to add some flair and surprise guests. These unique combinations offer unexpected flavours that are sure to tantalise taste buds. From the creamy hummus and roasted vegetables to the savoury grilled cheese with spinach and tomato, these creative sandwich fillings will bring out the chef in you! So why not take your high tea event to the next level and try these creative sandwich fillings for a truly indulgent experience?

4. Tips for Making the Perfect High Tea Sandwich

High tea has long been a traditional way to enjoy a luxurious afternoon with friends and family. Finger sandwiches have become an integral part of the high tea experience. From classic fillings like egg salad and smoked trout to modern variations like roasted vegetables and hummus – finger sandwiches offer endless possibilities for making even the most elegant of occasions extra special. Here are five tips for creating the perfect high tea sandwich:

  • Use fresh ingredients for the best results.
  • Choose your bread wisely – try experimenting with different types such as wholewheat or gluten-free options.
  • Cut your sandwiches into interesting shapes to make them more visually appealing.
  • Get creative with fillings and tasty toppings like pesto mayonnaise or grilled Halloumi cheese.
  • Consider adding additional flavour combinations, like adding a pinch of herbs or spices to give your sandwich an extra kick!
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5. Rules for Your Hgh Tea Event

Hosting a high tea event is the perfect way to create an atmosphere of luxury and indulgence. Here are six rules to help you plan the perfect high tea experience:

  • Think carefully about the food you are serving – finger sandwiches are always a classic option but other traditional foods include scones, cakes, and tarts.
  • Don’t forget delicious sweet treats! Cakes, scones and pastries complete the high tea experience perfectly and will make the occasion extra special.
  • Make sure you have enough cutlery, plates and napkins to accommodate your guests and these are best to be kept in a neat and orderly fashion on the table.
  • Provide options for those with dietary requirements – gluten-free alternatives, vegetarian substitutes or vegan options can make all the difference.
  • Set the mood – scented candles, music and decorations can help to create an atmosphere of relaxation and luxury and complement the food perfectly.
  • Create a tea station so guests can help themselves to the type of tea they like.

At a high tea sandwich event, the food is the most important part – the perfect combination of savoury and sweet treats will create an unforgettable experience for your guests.

Delicious High Tea Sandwich Filling Ideas – From Classic to Contemporary!

High tea sandwiches are a timeless classic that has been enjoyed by many for generations. Whether you’re hosting a high tea party or simply want to add some elegance to your afternoon snack, finger sandwiches make the perfect addition. From classic fillings such as egg salad and smoked trout to modern variations like roasted vegetables and hummus – there are endless possibilities for creating delicious high tea sandwiches.

At high tea events, do you prefer to go sweet or savoury first? What are your favourite filling combinations for high tea sandwiches? Share your thoughts in the comments below!