Watercress Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches Recipe

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
    18 mins
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This watercress and egg salad tea sandwich recipe is a traditional English tea sandwich akin to the watercress-egg salad served with afternoon tea at Harrods in London. The fresh watercress gives it a lightly peppery flavor.

What You'll Need

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons softened herbed butter, prepared with herbs such as chives, parsley and mint, or softened plain butter
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise or mayonnaise alternative
  • Sea salt, fresh-ground black pepper and paprika (preferably smoked paprika), to taste
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1/2 cup fresh, chopped watercress
  • Fresh, chopped parsley, to taste (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Hard boil the eggs, rinsing with cold water when they are done.
  2. While the eggs are still warm, peel them and mash them with the butter and using a potato masher or a fork.
  3. Stir the mayonnaise and spices into the egg mixture.
  4. Spread the egg salad onto two slices of bread.
  5. Add the watercress (and, optionally, the parsley).
  6. Top the watercress with the remaining two slices of bread.
  7. Remove the crusts and slice the sandwiches two times, diagonally, to make four tea sandwiches from each large sandwich.