Freaking cute ham and cheese sandwiches perfect for afternoon tea, parties, and snack time! Two bites and they’re gone.
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches for Tea Time
Double stacked and gone in 2-3 bites, these ham and cheese finger sandwiches are an adorable miniature version of a regular, full-sized sandwich.
- Tea sandwiches are small, neat, and compact as they’re meant to be dainty.
- Fun to make with kids. (No knives needed!)
- A cookie cutter makes it easy to cut into the ingredients and make them all exactly the same size.
- Great as party appetizers and for tea time.
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Questions You May Have
What’s the best tea to pair with these finger sandwiches?
A black tea would go perfectly with the hearty flavors of this sandwich. It’ll hold up well through the richness from the ham and the Swiss cheese. I would recommend Earl Grey, English Breakfast, or Darjeeling.
Can I use other cookie cutter shapes?
Yes! But avoid using cookie cutters with too much detailing since it won’t be as easy to cut and stack evenly.
Can I use regular mayonnaise instead of the Japanese mayo used in the recipe?
Yes. I just prefer Japanese mayo.
I can’t find microgreens. What can I use instead?
You can use any small green leaves. Just anything with a green color to give the tea sandwich a pop of fresh color.
Do I need to use Black Forest ham?
Nope, you can use any kind of ham. Did you know it’s called Black Forest ham since the ham is produced in the Black Forest region of Germany? Thanks, Wikipedia!
Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwich Tips
- Freeze the bread and then cut out circles one slice at a time. You’ll get nicer sides that don’t look as pinched as you would with room temperature bread.
- Cornichons, mini pickles, are a perfect to serve with these tea sandwiches, as they are tart and balances the richness from the ham and cheese.
- Mayo should be used in each layer to bind everything together.
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What You’ll Need
- Japanese mayonnaise
This is my secret ingredient that makes my sandwiches taste SO GOOD.
- Dijon mustard
THE best mustard. PERIOD. Move over Grey Poupon.
- Very thin white bread
- Sliced Black Forest ham
- Sliced Swiss cheese
- Microgreen leaves
- Optional: Cornichons
I serve these tiny pickles which go amazingly well with the sandwiches.
- Round cookie cutter
Having the set makes it easy for me to cut out the right size bread.
- Cocktail forks
I like adding these forks since they make it neater to pick up the sandwiches.
How to Make It
This recipe is super easy. Cut circles out of all the ingredients and stack them together.
To make 4 tea sandwiches, you’ll need:
- 8 circles of ham
- 8 circles of cheese
- 12 circles of bread
STEP 1: Cut circles out of the ham and cheese.
Use the same cookie cutter size so that all circles are the exact same size.
STEP 2: Cut circles out of the bread.
Avoid the cutting the crust since we’re making crustless sandwiches.
STEP 3: Assemble the tea sandwich.
Let’s stack them up!
This is the order from the bottom up: Bread, mayo, ham, mustard, cheese, mayo, bread, mayo, ham, mustard, cheese, mayo, bread.
STEP 4: Add microgreen leaf and skewer with a cocktail fork.
The hole thing gets topped off with a tiny green edible leaf and gets skewered with a cocktail fork. CUTE!
Serve with without the cocktail forks for kids since there’s that whole pesky pointy things and eyes when it comes to kids.
Optional: Serve cornichons alongside in a small bowl. Guests can use the cocktail fork to eat the cornichons if they wish.
Easy Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches
- Cut circles out of the ham and cheese.With a round cookie cutter, cut circles out of the ham and cheese. Cut out 8 circles of ham and 8 circles of cheese.
- Cut circles out of the bread.Avoid the cutting the crust. Cut 12 circles out of the bread.
- Assemble the tea sandwich. This is the order from the bottom up: Bread, mayo, ham, mustard, cheese, mayo, bread, mayo, ham, mustard, cheese, mayo, bread.
- Add microgreen leaf and skewer with a cocktail fork.