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Tea sandwiches somehow transform basic ingredients into a special, tasty, bite-size treat. Whether you have them for lunch or afternoon tea, they are so simple to make and so extraordinarily delectable. The key is to use thinly-sliced bread with crusts removed. We paired cucumber with cream cheese, avocado, and mint, and egg salad with dill and stoneground mustard. You can enjoy them knowing that each serving of four mini-sandwiches costs under $1.

Makes 4 Servings - 95¢ per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 8 slices of thin bread, crust removed
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 pinch mint leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon stoneground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1 pinch dill (fresh), finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
1. Spread the cream cheese evenly on two slices of bread. Layer on top the cucumber, avocado, and mint and top with another slice of bread.

2. For the egg salad sandwiches, boil the eggs until done, about 10 minutes, and rinse in cold water to cool. Peel the eggs, dice them up, and put them in a bowl. Add about a teaspoon (to taste) of stoneground mustard (spicy or dijon mustard also works), and a teaspoon of mayonnaise. Toss in a pinch of fresh dill, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Press each sandwich lightly together. Slice the sandwiches in half on the diagonal, and then in half again to achieve triangular shapes.

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Linda M. on 5/12/2018
Shades of my childhood! I am old but I remember my mother making and serving similar sandwiches with the crusts cut off sixty years ago. A group of us old ladies get together at each other's house once a month and this month I served these exactly as written. They went over big time - especially the special touch of avocado on the cucumber.

But you know what? Kids will especially enjoy the crusts cut off too. It makes the sandwiches "special" and that could work with tunafish or peanut butter as well I should think.

I now have a bag of bread crusts in my freezer - you coming up with a special bread pudding or stuffing recipe soon?
Rating: 5
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Hi Linda,
Yes this could be a great treat for kids too-- and you can make as many varieties as you can think of. We are, in fact, working on a recipe for which you can use leftover bread. In the meantime, certainly freezing them for a later recipe, or toasting them with a little oil as croutons would work well. Stay tuned!