Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches

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These dainty, sweet and salty blue cheese and pear tea sandwiches are perfect for tea time! There’s no cooking involved, just some prep and assembling.

Close up of Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches held together by cocktail fork.

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Easy Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches

Blue cheese and pears are a delicious tea sandwich combination. These 2-bite sandwiches are the perfect balance of sweet and salty, with added crunch from chopped walnuts.

There’s no cooking involved to prepare this easy recipe. All it takes is a little mixing, cutting, and assembling.

The trick to making dainty, crustless tea sandwiches is a cookie cutter. A round one works nicely, but you can also use other simple shapes.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This 6-ingredient tea sandwich is made with white bread, blue cheese, pear, unsalted butter, walnuts, and parsley.
  • The blue cheese and pear makes the sandwich a little salty and a little sweet. Chopped walnuts add a nice crunch to every bite.
  • This recipe makes 4 bite-sized tea sandwiches which can serve 1-2 people.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches measured in bowls on a plate.
  • White bread: It’s best to use a sandwich bread that isn’t too thick. Instead of white bread, you can also use whole wheat.
  • Blue cheese: Any crumbled blue cheese works for this recipe.
  • Sliced pear: Anjou pear has a subtle sweetness and citrus flavor that pairs nicely with blue cheese. To check for ripeness, press down gently near the neck of the pear.
  • Walnuts: Avoid using salted walnuts, which may make the sandwiches too salty.
  • Unsalted butter: Choose a high-quality unsalted butter. Don’t use salted butter since it’ll make the sandwich too salty.
  • Parsley: Look for fresh parsley with crisp leaves in a deep green color. If you don’t have parsley, you can swap it out for another leafy green herb.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

White bread being cut into circles with a round cookie cutter.

Step 1: Cut circles out of the bread using a round cookie cutter.

Crumbled blue cheese, chopped walnuts, parsley and unsalted butter in a white bowl being mixed together by a wooden spoon.

Step 2: Combine blue cheese, finely chopped walnuts, butter, and chopped parsley in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Blue cheese mixture placed on top of bread.

Step 3: Gently spoon the blue cheese mixture on the top side of the bread.

Sliced pears placed on top of blue cheese mixture on white bread.

Step 4: Place sliced pears over the blue cheese mixture.

Assembled Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches.

Step 5: Cover with another slice of bread.

Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches topped with parley and a cocktail fork.

Step 6: Skewer on a parsley leaf using a cocktail fork.

Recipe Notes

Make sure ingredients are at room temperature.

Both the blue cheese and unsalted butter should be at room temperature for easy mixing. If both are still cold, it’ll be difficult to combine them into a spreadable filling.

Chop the walnuts as finely as possible.

Finely chop the walnuts so you get small pieces with every bite. You can also use toasted walnuts, which adds a nice nutty aroma and extra crunch.

Make sandwich filling ahead of time.

You can make the filling ahead of time and just assemble the sandwiches before guests arrive. Don’t slice the pears in advance or else they’ll start to brown.

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Expert Tips

  • Serve these tea sandwiches with cornichons or mini pickles on the side to help cut through the richness of the blue cheese filling.
  • For cleaner cuts, use bread that has been frozen.
  • Tea sandwiches are traditionally enjoyed at room temperature and not cold.

Questions You May Have

What’s the best tea to pair with these sandwiches?

Tea sandwiches are best paired with black tea like English Breakfast or Earl Grey.

Can I cut the bread into other shapes?

Yes, but use a very simple shape. If you don’t have round cookie cutters on hand, you can slice the bread into triangles or squares. Just be sure to cut the crust.

What kind of blue cheese is best?

A crumbly blue cheese is best for tea sandwiches since it has a lower moisture content. It doesn’t need to a super expensive one since the cheese is mixed with other ingredients.

Close up of Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches held together by cocktail fork.

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Blue Cheese and Pear Tea Sandwiches

By: Jee Choe
These dainty, sweet and salty blue cheese and pear tea sandwiches come together with just a little prep and assembly.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 4 tea sandwiches

Ingredients 

  • 4 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese, (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, (at room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, (about 10 walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, (plus more for garnish)
  • 12 slices thinly-cut pear, (about 1/4 of a pear)

Instructions 

  • Cut circles out of the bread using a round cookie cutter.
    Avoid the cutting the crust. Cut 8 circles out of the bread. A cookie cutter that is around 2" is a good size.
  • Make the filling.
    In a small bowl, combine the blue cheese, butter, blue cheese, walnuts, and parsley together and mix thoroughly.
  • Assemble the tea sandwich.
    Scoop 1 tablespoon of the blue cheese mixture on top of a circle of bread and gently press down. Add 3 slices of the pear and cover with another circle of bread. Garnish with a parsley leaf and skewer with a cocktail fork.
  • Repeat until you make 4 tea sandwiches.

Notes

  • 4 bite-sized tea sandwiches can serve 1-2 people.
  • It’s best to use a sandwich bread that isn’t too thick.
  • Any crumbled blue cheese works for this recipe.
  • Choose a high-quality unsalted butter. Both the blue cheese and unsalted butter should be at room temperature for easy mixing. If both are still cold, it’ll be difficult to combine them into a spreadable filling.
  • Anjou pear has a subtle sweetness and citrus flavor that pairs nicely with blue cheese. To check for ripeness, press down gently near the neck of the pear.
  • Avoid using salted walnuts, which may make the sandwiches too salty. Finely chop them so you get small pieces with every bite. You can also use toasted walnuts, which adds a nice nutty aroma and extra crunch.
  • Look for fresh parsley with crisp leaves in a deep green color.
  • Tea sandwiches are traditionally enjoyed at room temperature and not cold so it’s best make these just ahead of serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 419Carbohydrates: 77gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 560mgFiber: 14gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 310IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Hi, not sure if I’m slow to the party, but I REALLY like your (new) information
    on your mini tea sandwiches! SO much better than just a pic, (and trying to remember if that’s the one needed!)
    Thanks for the revamp!
    Mic
    ps, have enjoyed your blog very much! Thanks for sharing all your expertise!