Traditional English Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches allow for a lot of creativity, but if you want traditional English tea sandwiches, these recipes will set you on the right path. From classic English cucumber tea sandwiches to traditional smoked salmon finger sandwiches and savory-sweet ham finger sandwiches, these are must-try English tea sandwich recipes for afternoon tea.

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    Cucumber sandwiches on plate with tea
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    For a truly traditional English cucumber sandwich, make this recipe with English cucumbers, plain butter (not herbed butter) and white bread. Another traditional English cucumber tea sandwich can be made by preparing cucumber-mint tea sandwiches as open-faced round sandwiches spread with mint herbed butter and topped with fresh mint.

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    Smoked Salmon Finger Sandwiches Recipe

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    Traditionally, smoked salmon finger sandwiches are served open faced with dill and creme fraiche on pumpernickel bread. You can modify the smoked salmon tea sandwich recipe above to make it more traditional by serving it open faced and replacing the mayo with creme fraiche. Other variations on traditional smoked salmon finger sandwiches include salmon and herbed butter tea sandwiches (for a more traditional flavor, prepare the herbed butter with fresh dill) and smoked salmon and cream cheese tea...MORE sandwiches.

    Although pumpernickel is very traditional, you can also use whole wheat bread or other types of bread if you'd prefer.

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    Egg Salad Sandwich
    Try adding watercress to your egg salad tea sandwiches and pair them with lightly peppery or spicy black teas, such as First Flush Darjeelings, Yunnans or Ceylons. Radius Images/Getty Images

    Chopped eggs and egg salad are common fillers for English tea sandwiches. This recipe makes dill egg salad finger sandwiches. There are many other variations on egg salad sandwiches (or "creamed egg sandwiches" as they are sometimes called in England) you can try, such as egg salad tea sandwiches with chive butter on whole wheat bread, and paprika egg salad tea sandwiches.

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    Plate of egg and watercress sandwiches
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    The watercress-egg salad recipe linked above is similar to a type of egg salad sandwich served at Harrods in London (where it is also known as an "egg and cress" tea sandwich). For a more unusual variation, try Watercress & Goat Cheese on Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

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    Other Traditional English Tea Sandwich Recipes

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    Other traditional English finger sandwiches include roast beef, sliced ham, chicken salad tea sandwiches, tuna salad finger sandwiches with capers, tuna salad finger sandwiches with celery, and cheese and pickle tea sandwiches.