Sandwiches are an essential ingredient to a party tea! We’ve come up with some fun and creative alternatives to the traditional tea sandwich which children will just love! Be imaginative with different kinds of breads, tasty fillings and ways of serving them. Here are our top 10 ways to sandwich in style!
1. Party Roll-Ups: a great alternative to the bread sandwich! Spread guacamole over tortilla wraps and top with any other finely chopped fillings you wish. Roll the tortillas lengthways and carefully cut into three rolls. Serve individually on themed cocktail sticks. Experiment with different fillings.
2. Shaped Sandwiches: these are really easy to make and are a great way to fit with your party theme using shaped cookie cutters. Create your sandwich as normal and use small cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Experiment with different spreads and fillings such as ham and cheese, marmite and butter or smoked salmon and cream cheese. Try and use pre-sliced or spreadable fillings as this will prevent the shapes falling apart once cut.
3. Party Panini’s: These look great and are a more substantial tea time option. Pre toast your Panini’s and fill with shredded chicken, tuna mayonnaise or cheddar cheese. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes or salsa and then slice into child size portions. Warm slightly before serving.
4. Rainbow Sandwiches: Make a 4-layer sandwich, alternating between buttered slices of white and brown bread. Fill the layers with three contrasting, smooth-textured fillings such as cream cheese, guacamole and marmite. Cut the crusts off the stack and slice into strips, then bite size pieces.
5. Party Discs: Cut out circular bread discs using a small cookie cutter. Fill an icing bag with a tasty dip, such as taramasalata and carefully squeeze onto the circular disc. Experiment with different sandwich fillers or dips and decorate with contrasting garnishes.
6. Frankfurter Pinwheels: Cut the crusts of a loaf of unsliced bread. Slice lengthwise and roll out to obtain long rectangles of bread. Butter one side and spread thinly with tomato ketchup. At one end place a pre-heated frankfurter (for centre of pinwheel). Roll up firmly over the sausage and seal edge with a little butter. Cut each roll into bite size pinwheels and place onto cocktail picks. For variations use asparagus and cream cheese, banana and chocolate spread or cheese slices and marmite.
7. Party Canapés: a fun and tasty nibble! Roll the bread with a rolling pin to flatten. Trim off crusts and spread with butter and a tasty spread. Jams, peanut butter and marmite work best for these as they act as a glue when you roll them up. Roll up the bread tightly and cut into mini rolls.
8. Strawberry hearts: place ½ cup of cream cheese, a handful of sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon of superfine caster sugar into a small food processor. Mix until smooth. Spread strawberry cheese over bread and layer with thinly sliced strawberries. Cut out using a heart shaped cookie cutter. Cover the top of each heart with a thin layer of cream cheese and sprinkle with edible pink glitter to serve
9. Mini salsa pittas: place the mini pitta breads in the oven to warm and brown slightly. Fill with a variety of fillings such as cheese, lettuce and tomato salsa. Once filled place on serving tray and pop in the oven to warm slightly before serving.
10. Finger Sandwiches: although you might think they are boring, at least you know everyone will like them! Be sure to cut off the crusts before serving and have a selection of brown and white bread.
Favourite fillings …
Smoked salmon and cream cheese / butter and marmite / egg mayonnaise and cress / chocolate spread and banana / cream cheese and strawberry jam / guacamole (not spicy) / humous / cheese, ham (slices) and mayo / smoked salmon taramasalata / tuna mayonnaise and dill.
- Small bite size sandwiches are best and easy for children to nibble on.
- Have a tempting selection of different shapes and flavours as children love to choose their own party food.
- Remember that the look of a sandwich will encourage even the least hungry party-goers to have a taste so make them as interesting as possible.
- Keep fillings simple and child friendly