Ham and Brie Cheese Tea Sandwiches

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These bite-sized ham and brie cheese tea sandwiches are both dainty and deliciously creamy. They’re the perfect tea-time savory made with only 6 ingredients.

Close up of Ham & Brie Tea Sandwiches held together by cocktail fork.

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Easy Ham and Brie Tea Sandwiches

This combination of ham, brie cheese, and honey mustard is delightful. The smoky, creamy, and sweet flavors of the three ingredients are delicious, and the addition of peppery arugula ties the tea sandwiches together.

Crusts on the bread are cut off, giving it a clean, delicate appearance and making it easier to bite into.

Tea sandwiches are great for hosting afternoon tea at home and for parties as appetizers. Brew a cup of your favorite hot tea to go along with them.

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Recipe Highlights

  • These perfectly bite-sized sandwiches are made with 6 ingredients: Black Forest ham, brie cheese, white bread, honey, mustard, and arugula.
  • The honey mustard in this recipe is easy to make using just honey and mustard.
  • No cooking is involved, just prepping and assembling.
  • The recipe makes 4 sandwiches, which is for 2 people, but you can easily scale the recipe up for a larger crowd.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Ham & Brie Tea Sandwiches.
  • White bread: Soft sandwich bread is the foundation of a good tea sandwich. Use one that isn’t too thick.
  • Brie cheese: The soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese makes these sandwiches feel luxurious. It has a mild nutty flavor and buttery texture.
  • Black Forest ham: Get thickly-cut ham at the deli counter (ask for 1.5mm thickness) or buy pre-packaged.
  • Baby arugula: Adds a nice peppery bite and a bright pop of color. Other greens like baby spinach or dandelion greens will also work. 
  • Honey and mustard: To make the honey mustard. You can also buy honey mustard instead of mixing the honey and mustard yourself.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions

Spoon mixing together honey and mustard in small white bowl.

Step 1: Mix honey and mustard together.

Cutting circles out of the bread using a round cookie cutter.

Step 2: Cut the bread into circles with a cookie cutter.

Use a 2″ cookie cutter to cut 2 circles out of the sandwich bread.

Ham being cut into circles with cookie cutter.

Step 3: Cut the ham into circles with the same cookie cutter.

Brie being sliced with cheese slice and cut into circles with cookie cutter.

Step 4: Cut the brie into slices using a cheese slicer, then into circles with a cookie cutter.

Steps to make ham and brie cheese tea sandwiches.

Step 5: Assemble the sandwiches.

Spread honey mustard on the top side of a bread circle. Place the arugula, Black Forest ham, and brie on top of the bread. Top with a second piece of bread that has the honey mustard on the bottom side.

Skewer together with an arugula leaf using a cocktail fork.

Recipe Notes

Freeze the brie for easier slicing.

Place the brie in the freezer for 3 hours before slicing. This will make the cheese firm and allow the cheese slicer to cut through cleanly.

Freeze the bread for the cleanest cuts.

Similar to the brie, frozen bread cuts cleaner than room temperature bread since it holds its shape better.

Serve tea sandwiches at room temperature.

Tea sandwiches are traditionally enjoyed at room temperature, not cold, so it’s best to make these just ahead of serving. If preparing ahead of time, take them out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Make sandwiches ahead of time.

Tea sandwiches are best when made right before serving or the morning of, but it can be made the day before.

To assemble ahead of time, loosely cover the tea sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel and place in an airtight container in the fridge. Don’t let the damp paper towel touch the sandwiches or else the bread will get soggy.

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Expert Tips

  • A cookie cutter around 2 inches work the best.
  • Store-bought honey mustard will work, but homemade honey mustard is quick and easy to make.
  • Trader Joe’s sells Mini Brie Bites circles that would work great in this recipe since they’re already round. Cut them into 2-3 circles.
  • Instead of cutting the brie into circles, you can let the brie come to room temperature and spread it onto the bread. It may be a little messier to assemble but it should save a couple of steps.

Questions You May Have

What kind of ham is used in tea sandwiches? 

Black Forest ham is really flavorful, so it tastes great in these sandwiches, but you could also use Virginia Ham, which has a similar but slightly milder flavor.

Is there a way to prevent tea sandwiches from getting soggy?

This recipe calls for placing the arugula down first on top of the bottom slice of bread. This helps to absorb some of the moisture. It’s best to assemble these sandwiches as close to serving time as possible.

How do tea sandwiches come out as perfect circles?

A cookie cutter, or the rim of a similar sized glass, is the key to making perfect circles for these tea sandwiches. Freeze the bread to get cleaner cuts with the cookie cutter.

Ham and brie cheese tea sandwich with a cocktail fork.

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Ham and Brie Tea Sandwiches

By: Jee Choe
These 6-ingredient ham & brie tea sandwiches are both dainty and deliciously creamy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 tea sandwiches

Ingredients 

  • 3 teaspoons mustard
  • teaspoon honey
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1 slice thick-cut Black Forest ham
  • ¼ wheel brie cheese
  • 1 handful arugula

Instructions 

  • Make honey mustard.
    Mix honey and mustard together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cut circles out of the bread.
    Use a 2" cookie cutter to cut 2 circles out of the sandwich bread. Cut 8 circles out of the bread. Avoid the cutting the crust.
  • Cut the ham into circles using a cookie cutter.
    Cut 4 circles out of the ham.
  • Cut the brie into circles.
    Use a cheese slicer to cut the brie into slices, then cut out circles with the cookie cutter.
  • Assemble the tea sandwich.
    Spread 1 teaspoon of honey mustard onto one side of the bread. Place the arugula, 1 circle of ham, and 1 circle of brie on top. Cover with another circle of bread with the honey mustard facing down. Garnish with an arugula leaf and skewer with a cocktail fork.
  • Repeat until you make 4 tea sandwiches.

Notes

  • Get thickly-cut ham at the deli counter (ask for 1.5mm thickness) or buy pre-packaged.
  • Place the brie in the freezer for 3 hours before slicing. This will make the cheese firm and allow the cheese slicer to cut through cleanly.
  • Instead of cutting the brie into circles, you can let the brie come to room temperature and spread it onto the bread. It may be a little messier to assemble but it should save a couple of steps.
  • Cut through frozen bread for the cleanest cuts.
  • The honey mustard is made by mixing together honey and mustard, but you can also use store-bought.
  • To assemble ahead of time, loosely cover the tea sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel and place in an airtight container in the fridge. Don’t let the damp paper towel touch the sandwiches or else the bread will get soggy.
  • Tea sandwiches are traditionally enjoyed at room temperature, not cold so it’s best to make these just ahead of serving. If preparing ahead of time, take them out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 87Carbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 235mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 122IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg

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

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