|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Finger sandwiches sound like such a fancy thing to make or eat, but they're actually simple and quicker than quick. Eaten with your hands and usually cut crustless, these sandwiches resemble fingers and are often served with afternoon tea. You certainly can do that, but this easy veggie cream cheese finger sandwich recipe is ideal for kids' tea parties or last-minute guests.
Also referred to as tea sandwiches, these vegetable finger sandwiches can be prepared with a wide range of vegetables, and kids love it when it's made with milder, sweeter ones such as carrots, English cucumbers, and bell peppers. Feel free to experiment with your favorite flavor combinations. This recipe calls for herbs such as chives or parsley, but you could use cilantro, basil, tarragon, or mint (which is especially good with cucumber), depending on your preferences. These sandwiches are a quick way to use up vegetables from your garden, too.
1 teaspoon dried parsley, or chopped fresh parsley or chives
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon finely chopped horseradish, optional
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic, optional
1 dash salt, or to taste
1 dash pepper, or to taste
2 loaves white bread, such as buttermilk bread
Gather the ingredients.
Put some of the vegetables in a food processor and partially process them. Alternate adding more vegetables/herbs and processing the vegetables so that the food processor doesn't get jammed.
When the vegetables and herbs are finely diced, mix them with the cream cheese in a bowl.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
For every 2 slices of bread, spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of veggie cream cheese on 1 slice.
Put the slices together, cut off the crusts, and slice the sandwich diagonally 2 times to create 4 triangle finger sandwiches.
If you are indeed serving these sandwiches to kids, you might consider leaving off the optional chopped garlic and horseradish to make the sandwiches less pungent.
Prepare the cream cheese ahead of time for easy assembly and serving.
How Do You Keep Finger Sandwiches From Getting Soggy?
Some people swear by spreading butter or margarine on the bread slices before you add the other ingredients, but in this recipe, the cream cheese takes that place. The easiest and most fail-safe way to prevent sogginess is to assemble the sandwiches just before serving. This way they aren't sitting around for very long.
How to Store Veggie Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
These sandwiches are best eaten right after they are made. However, should you find yourself with leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for a day or two, well wrapped or in a covered container, before they start to become soggy.