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Best tea and finger sandwich pairings

Bailey Woodean
Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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Ever get the urge to host an adult tea party but not really sure where to start? Or, maybe you want to punch up your mother’s day celebration with tea and finger sandwiches. The following are some of the best pairings and at least one of them is sure to work for you!

Best tea and finger sandwich pairings

4 English Tea Sandwiches


For the Cucumber Dill Sandwich:

  • ½ cucumber large
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • lemon zest
  • 1 pinch salt
  • dill chopped
  • 6 slices potato bread

For the Salmon Sandwich:

  • 1 package smoked salmon
  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • dill chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 slices pumpernickel bread

For the Egg Sandwich:

  • 4 eggs hard-boiled
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 6 slices potato bread

For the Cranberry Chicken Sandwich:

  • 3 chicken breasts boneless
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 oz cranberries
  • 1 sprig watercress
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dijon
  • 6 slices potato bread
Best tea and finger sandwich pairings

For the Cranberry Chicken Sandwich:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Season chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, and thyme. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool, rip cooked chicken into roughly 1 ½ inch pieces.
  2. Halve the cranberries and smash in a bowl. This step is messy!
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise and dijon mustard.
  4. Combine cranberries, chicken, mayonnaise mixture until incorporated.
  5. Butter sliced white bread. Add chicken mixture and a layer of watercress. Cut off the crusts and slice into rectangles.

For the Cucumber Dill Sandwich:

  1. Chop dill. Combine with softened cream cheese, lemon zest and a pinch of salt. (This mixture will be used again).
  2. Cut paper-thin slices of cucumber.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture onto white bread and add cucumbers slices. Cut off crusts, then cut rectangles.

For the Salmon Sandwich:

  1. Spread the same cream cheese mixture from the cucumber dill sandwiches on to pumpernickel bread.
  2. Add a layer of cucumbers, then salmon.
  3. Cut a circle out of the sandwich.
  4. Transfer some of the cream cheese mixtures to a piping bag and pipe a dollop. Add a dill sprig for garnish.

For the Egg Sandwich:

  1. In a bowl, mash hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Chop watercress
  3. Add butter, mayonnaise, paprika, and watercress to a bowl. Mix until combined.
  4. Butter bread slices. Add egg mixture.
  5. Cut off crusts. Cut rectangles.
Best tea and finger sandwich pairings

Tea pairings

Tea pairing for the Cucumber Dill Finger sandwich

Hot Honey Apple Tea

Why does this pairing work?

The cucumber dill finger sandwich is cool and subtle but delicious. It needs a punchy partner. That’s where the hot honey apple tea comes in. They are opposites in nearly every way which is why they can make excellent pairings!

Tea pairing for the Salmon finger Sandwich

Perfect Iced Tea

Why does this pairing work?

The Salmon finger sandwiches are smokey, tender and flavorful all on their own. What does it need in a partner? It needs simplicity, sweetness, and class which is exactly what the iced tea recipe provides.

Tea pairing for the cranberry chicken finger sandwich

Fresh Ginger Tea

Why does this pairing work? 

The cranberry chicken finger sandwich has so many levels of flavor and texture that its tea pairing doesn’t need to offer up much. Ginger tea is simple but also adds a complementary flavor to the cranberry in the sandwich. This sandwich and tea pairing is what I like to call a “one-two punch”!

Tea pairing for the Egg salad finger sandwich

Homemade white peach tea

Why does this pairing work?

The egg salad finger sandwich is a pretty classic sandwich, especially for brunch. I felt that the tea should also offer a level of class. White peach tea is classic but elegant, just like the sandwich.

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