It’s been cold and rainy here all month-long. We even had frost in the mornings last week!
The kids loved having a fancy tea at Ashford Castle, so we decided to recreate those yummy sandwiches in our own home.
We love having a fancy tea time for lunch on rainy days and listening to classical music.
I gathered the ingredients for several kinds of tea sandwiches:
- Smoked Salmon
- Turkey Avocado
- Peanut Butter and Honey
The peanut butter and honey whipped together is quite special.
I mixed half a package of cream cheese and Greek yogurt (that looks like 1/2 cup, yes?) with chopped chives.
I love that my German friends call cream cheese “The cheese that is not cheese.”
I added some salt and pepper. I couldn’t get it very smooth. I think letting it sit out to get room temperature is key.
I mashed avocado with salt and pepper. You can add a little lemon or lime juice if you’re worried about it oxidizing. Or you can just use a container of premade guacamole.
We had some leftover curry turkey breast that works so well! I miss this from our German butcher shop.
For pretty, trim the crusts off the bread. Yes, I used icky store-bought bread. We almost never do. But the German stuff is much cleaner than the American bread. And I know there are some organic ones that are healthier.
I sliced the cucumbers thin. I didn’t peel them first.
Don’t mind my nails. I’ve been gardening. And I’m a mom. I haven’t had a mani-pedi in over 3 years.
I used a biscuit cutter to make some bread rounds.
Then I assembled the sandwiches.
I used the cream cheese mixture with the smoked salmon.
I also chopped spinach and parsley and added that for a touch of green and flavor.
I think next time, I need some more seasoning. They were just a little bland.
The cucumber sandwiches were perfect with the spinach and parsley.
Watercress is more traditional, but I couldn’t find any this week.
I roll the turkey avocado sandwiches with sliced almonds for an extra special touch. They’re Liz’s favorite.
I used a dab of the cream cheese spread for almond glue, but mayonnaise works fine too.
My middle girls dressed up for the occasion.
My teen was miserable and cold. It was rainy all day long. German houses are stone and always cool.
The turkey avocado are her favorites so she’s almost happy!
I also made little triangle sandwiches with the curry turkey and some of the peanut butter honey. They were amazing.
My son ate something totally different. He’s not into sandwiches yet.
Our pretty sandwich platter:
I added some fresh local berries and chopped veggies with homemade maple oatmeal scones to complete our tea.
Cream Cheese Spread
- 1/2 package cream cheese
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 T chives chopped
Peanut Butter and Honey
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 T local honey
- 1 cup chicken or turkey cooked
- 1 avocado mashed (or prepared guacamole)
- 1/2 cup almonds sliced
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise or cream cheese spread
- 3-4 oz smoked salmon
- 1 cup cucumbers sliced thin
- 1-2 T parsley chopped
- 1 cup spinach or watercress chopped
- 1/2 loaf wheat bread crusts trimmed
- 1/2 loaf white bread crusts trimmed