Finger sandwiches are a great choice for a light lunch or afternoon snack! But what do you serve alongside this light recipe? Read on for 17 ideas about what to serve with finger sandwiches.
Although finger sandwiches are traditionally served with afternoon tea in England, I strongly believe that they work any time of day and in any part of the world. Being a born and raised American myself, I am a self-proclaimed lover of finger sandwiches. Why?
Because I love finger foods of any kind. Also because there are so many different ways to stack and enjoy a ‘wich. The options are endless.
Whether you are serving them for a small gathering of friends, a baby shower, a bridal shower or as game day food you might be wondering what to serve with finger sandwiches.
If you are in this boat, don’t fret! I’ve got your back with an assortment of ideas for sides that everyone will love.
FAQ About Finger Sandwiches
Typically finger sandwiches are made using soft white bread, rye bread or whole wheat bread. The most important thing is that the bread is fairly thinly sliced and soft in texture.
Plan for four finger sandwiches per person when serving as a main course for lunch. If you are serving as part of an appetizer spread for a party, two per person should suffice.
First, remove the crusts, then cut finger sandwiches into rectangles approximately 1 inch wide by 3 inches long. You can also use a cookie cutter to cut out different shapes.
Make finger sandwiches ahead of time, minus any spreads. If using spreads, do not cut until just before serving. Stack on a plate and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator overnight. Just before serving, add spreads to bread (if using), slice and serve.
Easy Finger Sandwich Recipes
A few varieties of this light lunch or afternoon tea snack include:
- Ham with regular or Dijon mustard
- Cucumber with cream cheese and dill
- Egg salad sandwiches with mayo
- Smoked salmon
- Chicken salad
- Ham salad
- Roast beef with Swiss cheese
- Pimiento cheese spread
- Deli meat with slices of romaine lettuce and cheddar cheese slices
- Cheese spread and onion
- Deli meat, lettuce and cheese
- Peanut butter and jelly
How To Make Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches
In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, fresh dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Place the bread on a flat surface. Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly between them, spreading evenly. Divide cucumbers between two slices and sprinkle seasoning salt over the tops.
Top with the remaining bread slices, cream cheese face down. Remove bread crusts and cut into mini sandwiches, chill and serve.
- Regular or English cucumbers may be used, but the English variety will offer fewer seeds.
- Pat the cucumber slices with a damp paper towel for using, to remove excess moisture.
- In addition to the dill, add other fresh herbs of your liking to make the spread even more flavorful.
- Spice things up by adding cayenne pepper, curry powder, extra black pepper or red pepper flakes to the mixture.
- Use a very sharp knife or serrated knife to avoid squishing sandwiches as you cut.
- A splash or two of Worcestershire sauce gives the mixture a nice flavorful kick.
- Hold delicate sandwiches together better by wrapping them halfway with parchment or wax paper
What To Serve With Finger Sandwiches
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- Tomato soup
- Leafy green chopped salad
- Potato salad
- Fruit salad
- French fries
- Potato chips
- Macaroni salad
- Brownies, blondies or another type of dessert bar
- Pasta salad
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