Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

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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

Classic ingredients from an Italian caprese salad turned into a tea sandwich. 

  • Made of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil.
  • Originated in Capri, Italy, the caprese salad represents the country with the colors of the Italian flag — green, white, and red.
  • Great for afternoon teas and parties as appetizers.
  • Tiny but mighty, these mini sandwiches will fill you up.
  • Completely adorable and easy to make.

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Tea Sandwiches

  • Tea sandwiches are small sandwiches, also called finger sandwiches.
  • They’re the first course in an afternoon tea.
  • Sized to 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.

My Tea Sandwich Essential:

Cookie cutters are my trick to making perfectly uniform tea sandwiches.

Questions You May Have

I want to make the tea sandwiches smaller and with less bread, what do you suggest?
Use just 2 circles of bread per tea sandwich and stack the mozzarella and tomato directly on top of each other.

I don’t have a round cookie cutter. What can I use instead?
Use a small drinking cup or shot glass to press down on the bread to cut out the circles. A cup with a thin rim will cut through the bread the easiest.

How many sandwiches do I make for each person?
3 tea sandwiches per person if you’re also serving scones and sweets.

Which tea pairs best with tea sandwiches?
Black tea is generally a great choice to pair with tea sandwiches. My picks: Earl Grey, Breakfast Blend, Big Red Robe.

Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes, you can. Make the sandwiches the night before and cover with wax paper then a damp paper towel in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep the sandwiches from drying out.

Tea Sandwich Tips

  • Cut into frozen bread if you want the cleanest edges with the cookie cutter. 
  • Make sure to blot all wet ingredients so the bread doesn’t get soggy.
  • I also like using very thin white bread but the slices are smaller so you’ll have to use a smaller-sized cookie cutter to be able to cut out two circles.

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Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwich Ingredients

What You’ll Need

 Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches

How to Make It

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

To make 4 tea sandwiches, you’ll need:

  • 4 slices of tomato
  • 4 circles of mozzarella cheese
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 12 bread circles

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.

STEP 2: Slice the tomatoes evenly.

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

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

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.

STEP 5: Cut bread into circles.

Use the cookie cutter to cut 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.

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.

Top with another bread circle.

Take the drained tomato and place it on the bread.

One more piece of bread.

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.

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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.

    8 thoughts on “Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Tea Sandwiches”

    1. 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!

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    2. 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.

      Reply
    3. 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.

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

        Reply

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