Easy Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

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A classic egg salad sandwich can be found on many afternoon tea menus. Make this simple yet delicious egg salad tea sandwich for your next tea party. 

Mini Egg Salad Sandwiches

Classic and traditional, egg salad tea sandwiches are usually served as part of the savory course at afternoon tea. (Ahem, not for high tea.)

  • A basic egg salad sandwich is made of white bread, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and mayonnaise.
  • Super tasty, my egg salad sandwiches are given an extra zing with dijon mustard and Japanese mayonnaise.
  • It’s perfect for tea time and great for parties as appetizers.
  • Can easily be prepared ahead of time.

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Tea Sandwiches for Tea Time

  • Tea sandwiches are small sandwiches served during tea time.
  • Crusts are usually cut off to give it a clean, delicate look.
  • Sized so that they can be eaten in 2-3 bites.

Questions You May Have

What’s the best tea to pair with these tea sandwiches?
Unlike cucumber tea sandwiches, an egg salad sandwich is a bit heavier since mayo and mustard are mixed in, so a more robust tea would pair well. I would recommend Genmaicha (green tea), Oriental Beauty (oolong tea), or an English Breakfast (black tea).

How can I make these ahead of time?
Make the egg salad the day a day or two before and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Cut the bread into circles and cover with wax paper and then a damp paper towel in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep the bread from drying out. Assemble sandwiches the day of.

How many sandwiches do I make for each person?
Serve 3-4 tea sandwiches per person when you’re serving it with scones or sweets.

Can I use regular mayo instead of Japanese mayo?
Yes, not a problem to swap out one for the other but I love the extra tang that the Japanese mayo adds.

Tea Sandwich Tips

  • Cutting into frozen bread gives cleaner edges than room temperature bread.
  • Mayo works to bind the chopped hard-boiled eggs and holds the egg salad in the sandwich. Make sure to evenly coat the eggs with mayo.
  • You can use any cookie cutter shape you like, but don’t use one that’s too detailed since it’ll be hard to have the egg salad filling sit between the bread neatly.
  • Instead of parsley, you can use any small green leaf.

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Egg salad ingredients

What You’ll Need

Egg salad tea sandwiches

How to Make It

To make 6 tea sandwiches, you’ll need:

  • 12 bread circles
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped, with Japanese mayo, mustard, and salt

How to make hard boiled eggs

STEP 1: Boil eggs.

To make perfectly hard boiled eggs each and every time, I follow Simply Recipe’s guide. 

Eggs and water go into my 2-quart cast iron pot. Water should be an inch above the eggs.

On high heat, bring water to a full boil then turn off the heat. With the pot covered, let it sit for 12 minutes.

Hard boiled eggs

STEP 2: Peel eggs.

Use a slotted spoon to take out the eggs, peel the eggs under running cold water.

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Egg salad sandwich

STEP 3: Chop eggs.

Give the hard-boiled eggs a good chop. Not too fine that they’ll turn into mush when you mix it with mayo and not too rough that they’ll look too messy.

Egg salad

STEP 4: Combine chopped eggs, mustard, mayo, and salt in a bowl.

Mix the eggs, Dijon mustard, Japanese mayonnaise, and sea salt flakes together.

The egg salad is done!

You can prepare this a day or two ahead and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

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Tea sandwiches

STEP 5: Cut bread into circles.

I use whatever round cookie cutter size that’ll cut two circles out of one slice of bread.

Avoid cutting the crust.

I’m using Very Thin white bread since it gives a more elegant and dainty look. Feel free to use regular white bread if you can’t get the very thin kind.

Egg salad sandwiches

STEP 6: Assemble the tea sandwiches.

From the bottom up: bread, a tablespoon of egg salad, bread, and a sprig of parsley.

Put a cocktail fork through the tea sandwich and use it to hold the parsley in place.

Egg salad tea sandwiches

CUTE!

Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

Author: Jee Choe
Adorable and delicious, these egg salad finger sandwiches are easy to make!
4.8 from 34 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Afternoon Tea
Yield6 tea sandwiches

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Boil eggs.
    Eggs and water go into a saucepan or pot. Water should be an inch above the eggs.On high heat, bring water to a full boil then turn off the heat. With the pot covered, let it sit for 12 minutes. 
  • Peel eggs.
    Peel eggs under running cold water.
  • Chop eggs.
    Give the hard boiled eggs a good chop. Not too fine that they'll turn into mush when you mix it with mayo and not too rough that they'll look too messy.
  • Combine chopped eggs, mustard, mayo, and salt in a bowl.
    You can prepare this a day or two ahead and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. 
  • Cut bread into circles.
    Use a round cookie cutter that'll cut two circles out of one slice of bread. Avoid cutting the crust.
  • Assemble the tea sandwiches.
    From the bottom up: Bread, a tablespoon of egg salad, bread, and a sprig of parsley. Put a cocktail fork through the tea sandwich and use it to hold the parsley in place.

NOTES

  • Italian parsley is the flat kind, not curly.
  • Mayo binds the egg together so make sure it's evenly coated.
  • Cutting into frozen bread gives cleaner edges than room temperature bread.
  • I'm using Very Thin white bread since it gives it a more elegant and dainty look. Regular white bread works just as well if you can't get the Very Thin.

NUTRITION

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information is an estimate calculated using an online nutrition calculator.

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1 thought on “Easy Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches”

  1. Very pretty in the pictures. Unless you pop the whole thing in your mouth it would be messy when the filling squishes out as you try to take a bite.

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