Simple English Tea Party Sandwiches (Three Recipes!)

Let’s have a teaaaa pah-teh!

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I can’t get my recent Notting Hill tea party experience out of my head. Matter of fact, every night I’m like, “Aaron, let’s watch Notting Hill! I need to be transported back.” And he’s like, “Let’s seeee, do I feel like swimming into a boat motor today.”

(I’ll let you take a guess if we’ve watched it or not.)

You know, tea is great and all, but it’s the SAMS that blow the party out of the water. I mean tea. Out of the tea kettle. Delicate, crustless sticks of munchy afternoon bliss. I can agree with this.

Inspired by my short stint in London, I made you three VERY simple tea party sandwich recipes. All based on what we had in sweet Caroline’s (ba ba baaa) flat a few weeks ago. We also made scones and shortbread, but since my baking skills are that similar to a drunk Muppet’s, I’ll stick to the savory sammies.

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Oh guess what! I learned that the English butter the INSIDES of their bread to keep the filling moist. Sorry for saying moist. So I mixed a teeny bit of fresh dill and salt with some some softened butter, layered some English cucumber slices, and called her good. And she was good. And great. And great and good.

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Egg salad! This one is up there for me. There’s something about (Mary?) chopped up hard-boiled eggs mixed with a tiny bit of mayo, a teeeensy bit of pickle juice, a baby pinch of celery salt, and freshly ground pepper that’s like ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

You can go crazy with the egg chopping, if a creamier salad is your bag, or leave it chunkier with a bit more texture if you’re into happy things in life.

I like mine chunky. A bit of oomph! DEPTH. BOWELS OF THE EARTH.

I’m . . .  I’m not entirely sure what I’m talking about anymore.

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Smoked salmon! Can’t have a tea party without some vibrant layers of cool smoked salmon.

Get how simple this recipe is – rye bread, cream cheese, smoked salmon, dill for garnish, the end. And it’s INCREDIBLE. And I ate 18 sandwiches. And never been happier.

English Tea Party / Bev Cooks

Now for the teaaaaaa, just brew what you dig! I brought back some intense, almost-floral Earl Grey straight from London’s historical Borough Market. Earl Grey is Aaron’s favorite tea, so mama did gud. (<–sorry about the last part of that sentence.)

I also had some English Breakfast tea bags from London, so we had a nice lil’ mix, mate! (<–this is getting worse, isn’t it?)

English Tea Party / Bev Cooks

I think I might need to have a tea party every single day for the rest of ever if it involves smoked salmon and egg salad and cucumbers. You bloody in?

English Tea Party / Bev Cooks

Let’s play a little game called, “Find the iPhone Ghost People.”

Simple English Tea Party Sandwiches (Three Recipes!)
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  • All of the ingredients are listed below.


  1. Cucumber Tea Sandwiches:
  2. 4 slices soft white bread
  3. 1 large English cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
  4. 3-4 Tbs. (softened) butter
  5. 2 tsp torn or chopped fresh dill
  6. 1 pinch of coarse salt
  7. Arrange the cucumber slices on a paper towel while you prep the butter. (that will help absorb a little bit of moisture)
  8. In a small bowl, combine the butter, dill and salt. Whisk until smooth and incorporated.
  9. Spread the butter on all four slices of bread. Overlap the cucumber slices on two slices, and top with the remaining two slices, making sandwiches. Cut the crusts off, and then gently cut the sandwiches into thirds, making six sandwiches in all.
  10. Egg Salad Sandwiches:
  11. 6 hard-boiled eggs
  12. 1 Tbs. mayo
  13. 1 tsp dill pickle juice
  14. 1/8th tsp celery salt
  15. 1 small pinch coarse salt
  16. a few grinds of black pepper
  17. 4 slices soft white bread
  18. Hard boil six eggs, then peel and give them a rough chop. Transfer to a small mixing bowl. Add the mayo, pickle juice, celery salt, salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine.
  19. Divide the mix in half and spread over two slices of bread. Top with remaining two slices of bread. Cut the crusts off, then cut into thirds, making six sandwiches.
  20. Open-Faced Smoked Sandwiches:
  21. 4 slices rye bread
  22. 4 Tbs. cream cheese (whipped or regular, up to you!)
  23. 4 ounces smoked salmon
  24. fresh dill for garnish
  25. Evenly spread the cream cheese over each slice of bread, followed by a few slices of the smoked salmon. Garnish with fresh dill leaves. Done.

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Try these! And give me more ideas for tea sandwiches as I clearly see that my life has a new path carved for it.

Also, Happy Birthday, Aaron! Hope you like egg salad, you old bloke.


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30 Responses to Simple English Tea Party Sandwiches (Three Recipes!)

  1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature April 12, 2016 at 9:17 am #
    The iPhone ghost - gets you every time! Happy Birthday Aaron!
  2. Bella April 12, 2016 at 9:46 am #
    So cute, I love having little tea parties with my mom!
  3. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob April 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm #
    I love your copper measuring spoons. They're so bloody awesome.
  4. Susan Spilecki April 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm #
    You are such a hoot.
  5. Andrea April 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm #
    I love the little grabby toddler hands in your pics, brings it all back to reality :)
    • Dana April 13, 2016 at 3:25 am #
      Yes, I love that chubby little baby paw, too. Now THAT is scrumptiously edible!
  6. Laura @ Raise Your Garden April 13, 2016 at 8:44 am #
    I love Notting Hill too. And Dainty food. And latest. My husband hates Granchester so we have lots of, um discussions about what you are watching. Oh well. You can't win them all. Laughing with you as usual Bev, you are too funny!
  7. Ashley Rodriguez April 13, 2016 at 11:22 am #
    I wish I could have dined at this magical tea party. Oh well, we'll always have Notting Hill!
  8. Laurie April 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm #
    In ze lid of ze teapot....! Love the sandwiches!
  9. Christine @ WRY TOAST April 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm #
    BEV. I would love to join you for this tasty English tea party, but only if I can bring some low-brow pimento cheese sandwiches to balance out the fancy - I have a feeling you would be into this lol
  10. Heather @HeatherChristo April 16, 2016 at 11:40 am #
    Definitely the perfect bite size sandwich for any party!
  11. Matia August 28, 2016 at 1:02 am #
    I booked marked your site. You are very funny and take awesome pictures. I look forward to trying some of them.
  12. Maria February 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm #
    I love your energy - you are so funny
  13. minecraft 2 September 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm #
    Your article has brought a lot of valuable information to us.
  14. maya diner April 30, 2020 at 12:47 am #
    i love single English tea party sandwich. and eating a sandwich at dinner time looks awesome.i always carry out it to eat.
  15. Teetine July 14, 2020 at 12:31 am #
    oh. It looks fantastic. I think it could be for breakfast or dinner. I want to try it.
  16. Thegiftsports July 14, 2020 at 12:35 am #
    I think this is a great idea. Sandwich combined with tea is perfect. I love your recipe.
  17. Kristin August 15, 2020 at 11:40 am #
    I love the little grabby toddler hands in your pics
  18. Lisa August 18, 2020 at 5:07 am #
    So fun! Your picture make me relax to think about. It's not just a meal but the atmosphere gathering! Thank you much for this post!
  19. Dandre September 13, 2020 at 9:13 pm #
    This my comfort food Karen! I can enjoy sandwiches at any time of the day and are simply delightful..yum.
  20. Felipa October 29, 2020 at 9:35 pm #
    These will be perfect for my next dinner party – they’re gorgeous!
  21. Starlightkratom November 12, 2020 at 11:52 am #
    It looks really cool! You make very beautiful photos for articles. I also like to have tea ceremonies with my family or friends!
  22. Best Electric Smoker December 20, 2020 at 11:51 pm #
    Thanks For sharing I will try this
  23. Richard Tunner December 23, 2020 at 1:38 am #
    These will be perfect for my next dinner party - they're gorgeous!
  24. Anthony Allen December 23, 2020 at 1:46 am #
    These will be perfect for my next dinner party - they're gorgeous!
  25. Susan Dubose January 6, 2021 at 1:08 am #
    Such a wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing!
  26. Kenny March 18, 2021 at 8:53 pm #
    Thank you for this post! Great Idea for weekend at home with friend!
  27. Gwyneth March 30, 2021 at 5:14 am #
    Great ideas for garthering time, pin it! Thank you so much for sharing!
  28. Roxy D'melo August 2, 2021 at 7:17 am #
    I tried these on the weekend for my dinner party with a few friends and they were a hit! Thanks for the recipe

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