Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

A tasty (and adorable) tea sandwich made with mozzarella cheese, cocktail tomato slices, and basil on white bread. Perfect for tea time or for parties as appetizers.

Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

Mini Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Sandwiches

I took the classic ingredients from an Italian caprese salad and turned it into a tea sandwich. 

A caprese salad is made of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil. Originated in Capri, Italy, the salad represents the country with the colors of the Italian flag — green, white, and red.

Great for afternoon tea parties and parties in general as appetizers, these tea sandwiches are gone in just 2-3 bites. 

Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches (also called finger sandwiches) are small sandwiches that are made to be eaten with your hands. They’re the first course of an afternoon tea.

They should be easy to eat without making a mess and they should be eaten in 2-3 bites.

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

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwich Tips

  • If you want to eat less bread, use just 2 circles of bread per tea sandwich and stack the mozzarella and tomato directly on top of each other.
  • Cut into frozen bread if you want the cleanest edges with the cookie cutter. 
  • Make 3-4 tea sandwiches per person.

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My Tea Sandwich Essentials

There are two things that I find essential in making these tea sandwiches.

My Cookie Cutter Pick:

My Cocktail Fork Pick:

Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwich Ingredients

What I Use to Make Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

How to Make Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

How to Make Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

I’ll walk you through, step-by-step, how to make these cute finger sandwiches.

There’s no cooking involved at all, just prepping and assembling.

How to Make Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

STEP 1: Find the correct round cookie cutter size.

Take out the bread and find the round cookie cutter size that will cut out 2 circles from a slice. (We don’t want to waste too much bread by only cutting 1 circle from it.)

Then take the same cookie cutter and see which Campari tomatoes are similar in size. The ones that are too small, I won’t use for the sandwiches. 

This cookie cutter will be the one we use to cut the mozzarella and the bread.

Mini Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

STEP 2: Slice the tomatoes evenly.

I use a mandoline slicer to get all the tomato slices to be perfectly uniform. I cut them 1/4″ thick.

How to Make Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

STEP 3: Drain sliced tomatoes on paper towels.

Juicy tomatoes will instantly make your tea sandwiches soggy so I like to lay them out on a paper towel.

Let it drain with another paper towel on top while prepping the rest of the ingredients.

Bite-Sized Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Sandwiches

STEP 4: Cut out mozzarella circles using cookie cutter.

The pre-sliced fresh mozzarella cheese saves a ton of time.  Just peel each slice apart and use the cookie cutter to cut each circle.

If it’s too watery, blot them a bit with a paper towel.

If you can’t find the pre-sliced mozzarella, you can get a block of regular whole or skim milk mozzarella cheese and slice it, then cut out the circles. Aim for 1/4″ thickness.

Clean and dry the cookie cutter.

Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Finger Sandwiches

STEP 5: Cut bread into circles.

Use the cookie cutter to cut out circles out of the white bread. Try not to cut the crust.

I like to use either Pepperidge Farm white sandwich bread or very thin for tea sandwiches since they tend to be thinner than other white bread.

How to Make Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

STEP 6: Assemble the tea sandwiches from the bottom up. Bread, mozzarella cheese, bread, tomato slice, bread, and skewer on the basil leaf with a cocktail fork.

Start with a bread circle, then top with mozzarella cheese. They should stack perfectly on top of each other.

Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

Top with another bread circle.

How to Make Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Finger Sandwiches

Take the drained tomato and place it on the bread.

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One more piece of bread.

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

Finally, the basil leaf is placed on top and the cocktail fork goes right through the center, holding the whole tea sandwich together.

Cute? CUTE.

Best Tea to Pair with Tea Sandwiches

Black tea is generally a great choice to pair with tea sandwiches.

My picks:


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Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

Yield: Makes 4 tea sandwiches

Adorable bite-sized tea sandwiches perfect for afternoon tea or for party appetizers.

Instructions

  1. Find the correct round cookie cutter size.
    Take out the bread and find the round cookie cutter size that will cut out 2 circles from a slice. (We don't want to waste too much bread by only cutting 1 circle from it.)
    Then take the same cookie cutter and see which campari tomatoes are similar in size.
  2. Slice the tomatoes evenly.
    I use a mandoline slicer to get all the tomato slices to be perfectly uniform. I cut them 1/4" thick.
  3. Drain sliced tomatoes on paper towels.
    Juicy tomatoes will instantly make your tea sandwiches soggy so I like to lay them out on a paper towel. Let it drain with another paper towel on top while prepping the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Cut out mozzarella circles using cookie cutter.
    The pre-sliced mozzarella cheese saves a ton of time.  Just peel each slice apart and use the cookie cutter to cut each circle. If it's too watery, blot them a bit with a paper towel.
    Clean and dry the cookie cutter.
  5. Cut bread into circles.
    Use the cookie cutter to cut out circles out of the white bread. Try not to cut the crust.
    I like to use either Pepperidge Farm white sandwich bread or very thin for tea sandwiches since they tend to be thinner than other white bread.
  6. Assemble the tea sandwiches from the bottom up.
    Bread, mozzarella cheese, bread, tomato slice, bread, and skewer on basil leaf with a cocktail fork.

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    7 Comments

    • 7 years ago

      These look delightful! Adding them to my "must-make" list for my next tea gathering.

    • 7 years ago

      Yum! This recipe sounds so delish, and the pictures make my mouth water. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
      7 years ago

      Hi Alexis, the best part is that they're super easy to assemble. I hope these are a hit at your tea gathering!

      Hi Lu Ann, thank you for visiting!

    • notesontea
      7 years ago

      I like the sound of balsamic creme. Also, looks like it "sticks" to the tomatoes. This recipe is a must for summer tea.

    • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
      7 years ago

      Hi notesontea, the creme is way thicker so it does a great job of "sticking" to the tomatoes for sure. You can pick one up from Eataly. Agree, the tea sandwich is perfect for summer tea.

    • IFortuna
      1 year ago

      Looks delicious but it is a more of a canape (can-uh-pay) than a sandwich. A canape is bite size though. A sandwich has two slices of bread with a filling in the middle. Thought you would like to know this.

      • Jee
        1 year ago

        Hi Ifortuna, agree that this is technically not sandwich but I consider them more like open tea sandwiches to be served at afternoon tea.

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