Finger Sandwich Recipe Ideas:
Fillings for Finger Sandwiches

Often a finger sandwich recipe is known as a tea sandwich... but whatever they are called you can enjoy them anytime.

While the original and "traditional" place to serve a finger sandwich is for high tea, you do not need a special occasions to make finger sandwiches. Fillings for finger sandwiches can be whatever you like, and they make great snacks and appetizers. You can serve them for midday meals, afternoon snack time, at a bbq, or even as picnic fare.

What Makes it a Finger Sandwich?

Finger Sandwiches for a High TeaThese little appetizer sandwiches have a few requirements to if they are going to truly count as finger sandwiches, but there are no restrictions on what they should taste like! (Except, of course: good!)

Size and Shape. Finger sandwiches are generally small slices or pieces of a larger sandwich. Small rectangles or triangles are cut from a more substantial sandwich. These shapes can even be decorative flowers and circles if you have a cookie cutter and are going for a more whimsical or formal look.

The Bread. The bread for these sandwiches is thin sliced and the crusts are removed before serving. Each bite carries a lot of flavor because they are very small sandwiches, and the flavor of the bread itself isn't allowed to get in the way.

The Fillings. The flavors of any fillings for finger sandwiches are more likely to be savory than sweet, and ingredients can include scallions, spicy mustard or hot sauce.

Tip for Making any Finger Sandwich Recipe

If possible, make your finger sandwiches as soon before eating as possible, so they don't get soggy. Have to make them a bit in advance? One way to prevent these treats from turning soggy is to thinly coat the bread with butter or an herbed cream cheese before adding the fillings.

Dilled Deviled Egg Finger Sandwiches

Fancy Finger Sandwich Recipe with Egg Salad FillingVegetarians are not the only ones who love deviled eggs-- this flavorful finger sandwich recipe is great for carnivores, as well. Serve these little sandwiches with a selection of cheeses, or make light cucumber sandwiches to go with them.

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5 hardboiled eggs, peeled
2 tablespoons good-quality mayonnaise
2 teaspoons mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
20 slices of your favorite bread

Directions: 1. Combine cream cheese and dill in a small bowl. Spread one side of each slice of bread with a thin layer of cream cheese mixture.

2. In a food processor combine eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, cayenne and salt. You may need to add small amount of mayonnaise to bring the filling for finger sandwiches to a spreadable consistency.

3. Spread egg mixture over half the bread slices and top with the remaining slices. Remove crusts and cut into small finger sandwiches.

Cold Seafood Finger Sandwich Recipe

Great restaurants offer cold seafood salads to delight customers and suggest an expensive menu. This seafood salad finger sandwich recipe does the same thing... but in miniature! The tart lemon juice and hot sauce are just enough acidity to accent the rich, buttery flavor of the seafood.

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3/4 cup cream cheese or butter, softened
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
2 cups mixed shellfish (crab, shrimp, lobster), cooked, peeled, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 dash of hot sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions: 1. Combine cream cheese and chives in a small bowl. Spread one side of each slice of bread with a thin layer of cream cheese mixture.

2. In a separate bowl combine the seafood, mayonnaise, hot sauce and lemon juice. Season to taste.

3. Spread seafood mixture on half of bread slices and top with remaining bread. Remove crusts and cut into desired shapes.

Curried Chicken Finger Sandwich Recipe

Shaped Pretty Finger Sandwiches for a High Tea or a PartyFinger sandwiches enjoy a rich history that includes many regions of the world. And since this type of food is so quintessentially English, and England has such a close relationship to India, a curried filling for finger sandwiches really reflects this! This savory little chicken salad brings together the sweet taste of pineapple with the flavor of curry. Really flavorful and special!

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2 small cans chunk chicken
1 small can pineapple, drained and chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Salt and white pepper to taste
3/4 cup butter, softened
20 bread slices

Directions: 1. Drain chicken and combine with celery, pecans, pineapple and onion in a medium bowl.

2. In a separate bowl mix the mayonnaise and curry. Add to chicken mixture and stir thoroughly.

3. Coat one side of bread slices with butter. Spread chicken mixture on half the slices and top with the remaining slices. Remove crusts and cut as desired.

Decorating Your Finger Sandwiches

Want to make your basic finger sandwich recipe look special and elegant? Decorate the top of each little sandwich with a garnish: a small shrimp, a slice of olive, a bit of cucumber, anything will work. Just dab on a bit of filling first to help it stick!

There are a wide variety of fillings for finger sandwiches and types of breads that will allow you to customize any finger sandwich recipe. Typical finger sandwiches are made with wheat, white, pumpernickel or sourdough, but your favorite bread will work. If you want to create visual interest, alternate white and wheat or dark bread on your plate.

These are great and often overlooked little snacks and appetizers... so keep your favorite finger sandwich recipe close at hand for upcoming occasions!

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