If you have never hosted a high tea before, now is the time to jump in with both feet and host one for your friends to help celebrate the upcoming holidays. I try to have a holiday luncheon for my girl friends each year, where we reminisce about all the good times and memories we are grateful for. It also gives us the opportunity to spend a minute or two on throwing away any of the negative vibes, and ensure they don’t roll over into the new year. My luncheon menu varies from year to year and has ranged from Baked Artichoke Lasagna, French Quiché Lorraine, Sandwich Loaf, Lobster Bisque served with Mandarin Orange and Toasted Almond Salad, and Tea Sandwiches and Scones. Today my girlfriends and I visited our friend Kathy, recently home from the hospital and brought tea sandwiches, salad, and scones and had a fun day visiting with each other. Nothing like a good cup of tea and a few cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches with your best girl friends!
Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches Level: Easy Ingredients: English Cucumber 8 oz cream cheese Garlic powder Worcestershire Sauce 5-6 Tbl milk or cream 8 white bread slices Preparation: 1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove skin from the cucumber every 1/2" which creates stripes. Using a sharp paring knife, slice thin slices and thin slices and lay out on layer of paper towel. Top with another piece of paper towel and press lightly to "dry" the slices. 2. Place the cream cheese in a food processor, add a dash of garlic powder and Worcestershire Sauce and the milk. On low speed process the cream cheese till silky smooth and firm (don't let it get too thin). Take 1/2 of the cream cheese and set aside to be used for the Deviled Ham sandwiches. 3. Set out the bread slices and spread the cheese mixture on each slice. Top one slice with about 6 or 7 cucumber slices. 4. Place bread slice on top of the cucumber slices and trim off the edges with a sharp knife. Cut the sandwiches into 4 wedges cut on the diagonal. Yield: 16 tea sandwiches
Egg Salad Sandwiches Level: Easy Ingredients: 4 hard-boiled eggs 1/3 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise Onion Salt 2 Tbl fresh chives 6 medium-size green olives with pimento 8 White bread slices Preparation: 1. Using cold water, fill a medium size pot and boil 4 eggs for about 15 minutes until they are hard-boiled. When done, remove from pot and place in a bowl filled with cold water. 2. Once eggs are cold, peel them and place in bowl - using a knife and fork, mash the eggs until both the whites and yolks are pea-sized pieces. 3. Add the onion salt, chives, green olives, and mayo to the bowl and gently mix till well blended. 4. Spread a small amount of mayonnaise on the 8 slices and place 2 tablespoons of egg salad on one slice of bread and cover with another slice. Cut off the crusts of the sandwich, and slice the sandwich into 3 sections (finger length). Yield: 12 tea sandwiches
Deviled Ham Sandwiches Level: Easy Ingredients: 1 can of deviled ham mix 1/2 slice of pre-cooked ham (3 oz) Hormel Cream Cheese (use the 2nd half of the cream cheese made for the Cucumber sandwiches) 3 Tbl of cream cheese mixture 8 wheat bread slices Preparation: 1. Using a food processor add the 1/2 slice of ham and chop it up on low-speed. 2. Add to a medium size bowl and add in the deviled ham and the cream cheese - mix till well blended. 3. Spread out the 8 slices of bread and lightly spread each piece with the cream cheese you set aside. Place a heaping tablespoon of ham mixture on one piece of bread and top with another. 4. Cut off the crusts from the sandwich and cut into four pieces on the diagonal. Yield: 16 tea sandwiches
Set the table, lay out the platters of assorted tea sandwiches and put on some holiday music – Enjoy!