Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tomato Tea Sandwiches (Throwback Thursday)


2011 Photo
Today is day 4 of Tomato Week and it's also Throwback Thursday.  I was excited to redo my tomato sandwiches because not only are they delicious, I disliked my old photos a lot.  These sandwiches were a hit with everyone and they enjoyed them with some Cucumber Tea Sandwiches.

1-2 large "beefy" tomatoes
salt and pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup chive cream cheese (see note)
2-3 Tbs of butter or margarine
2 tsp of vinegar (optional- see note)
1 pound of sandwich bread (see note)

  1. Chive flavored cream cheese is a key ingredient to my cucumber sandwiches.  If you cannot find this, you can try to make your own by mixing plain cream cheese with 1/2 tsp of onion powder and 2Tbs of minced fresh chives.  I also like the texture of the "whipped cream cheese because it spreads much easier on the bread.
  2. I recommend sandwich bread for these Tea Sandwiches. They are sliced thinner and tend to be softer than regular bread.  I also recommend white bread because the flavor is mild it allows the tomato and the spread to take center stage.
  3. Season tomatoes with salt, black pepper and vinegar.
Mix the chive cream cheese, butter/margarine and some extra pepper for the spread.  You want the ingredients to be soft, but still solid.  I suggest you keep the ingredients cool so it allows the spread to be applied easily, but doesn't melt onto the bread .

Season tomatoes with salt and black pepper.  I also like to use a little vinegar to give the tomatoes some extra "zing", but this is optional.

Apply the spread on each slice of bread.  Then cover one slice of bread with a layer of tomato (try not to get too much liquid with the tomato).  Top with the other slice of bread.  To keep bread from drying out you can cover it with a damp paper towel. Enjoy.

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