Rolled Tea Sandwiches

These dainty rolled tea sandwiches are a throwback to the 60s but I think they stand the test of time. Simple, elegant and filling…

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These are a tribute to my Mom in view of approaching Mother’s Day.  If she was alive she would be 84 now.  She packed a lot in to her 71 years though.  She belonged to all kinds of different service groups, church groups and special interest groups.

The connection here is to her Bridge group. When I was a child I remember when my Mom would transform the living room with a few card tables and sets of four chairs.  New playing cards (that were reserved only for the Bridge club) were laid out along with little bridge score pads, pencils and little dishes of – what else- Bridge mixture.  They were chocolate covered nuts, jellies etc.

I was banished to the upstairs but could get away with sitting on the stair case if I was super quiet and still and stayed high enough up to not be too obvious.   When the card playing was over, trays of these little rolled sandwiches appeared along with a variety of sweet gherkins, sweet pickled onions and green olives.

I could hardly contain myself by then because I knew I would get some of the leftovers.  I just loved the cherry pink cream cheese ones with a cherry in the middle.  The Cheese Whiz and sweet gherkin wasn’t far behind either.  And… sweet gherkin pickles in the relish tray… what a treat!

You can tell it made a huge impression on me because I still make these dainty little sandwiches to this day.  I don’t think they ever go out of style (although – reality check – I don’t know anyone else who makes them and I have never been served them at an afternoon tea???)

At any rate – they don’t deserve to fade into oblivion!

I made several variations from one 8 oz block of cream cheese.  If you don’t want so many variations you can just double the variety you want.

In today’s world of infinite bread varieties plain old white bread takes a bit of a back bench.  There are however a few times, such as this one, where only the softest, plainest white bread will do.  (The other one is for Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwiches -white breast meat, white bread, mayo and a coat of cranberries!)  For the different sandwich varieties I used about 2 1/2 loaves of white bread.

First you cut the crusts off the bread and lay 4 slices end to end with about 1/2″ overlap.  Pinch the overlap to seal the bread pieces together.

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Then you spread your filling over the length and line up your center feature on one of the short ends.

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Next you roll them up starting at the short end with the center filling.

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Then wrap them tightly in the plastic wrap to help seal the edges and firm up the roll.

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These need a few hours in the fridge to meld together – I would suggest at least 4 hours but overnight is even better.  And… how good is that?  If you are going to serve them for a festive occasion -like Mother’s Day – you can do some of the prep work the day before.  You know how I love that!  Check out the Mother’s Day Luncheon Buffet in full here!

 

 

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Rolled Tea Sandwiches
These dainty Rolled Tea Sandwiches are a throwback to the 60's but they never go out of style.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
tea sandwiches
Ingredients
Cherry Cream Cheese Sandwiches
Cheese Whiz Rolls
Creamy Goat Cheese Rolls
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
tea sandwiches
Ingredients
Cherry Cream Cheese Sandwiches
Cheese Whiz Rolls
Creamy Goat Cheese Rolls
tea sandwiches
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Cherry Cream Cheese Sandwiches
  1. Remove crusts from bread. You should end up with 4 squares of bread. Lay out 4 pieces of bread end to end, overlapping about 1/2". Press the overlap to pinch the pieces together. You will end up with a long narrow length of bread.
  2. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture over the length of bread. Be sure filling goes to all outer edges.
  3. Position cherries tightly together on one of the short ends. Pack them closely together and make sure they reach the outer edges. If they extend over a bit that is better than being short.
  4. Starting at the short end with the cherries roll the bread up tightly. Repeat with the other 4 pieces of bread.
  5. Put the 2 sandwich rolls end to end and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Twist the ends closed. Refrigerate at least 4 hours but overnight is even better.
  6. To serve, slice horizontally into about 1/2' rounds. Plate and serve.
Cheese Whiz Rolls
  1. Prepare bread as above. Spread thin layer of Cheese Whiz over the length of bread. Lay gherkins end to end on the short end being sure to extend to the outer edges. Roll up and wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate 4-24 hours, slice and serve.
Creamy Goat Cheese Rolls
  1. Scrape the seeds and jelly from center of grape tomatoes. Fold in a paper towel and squeeze to remove as much juice as possible. Mince finely.
  2. Mix goat cheese and cream cheese til blended smoothly. Stir in tomato, dill, onion and mayo and mix til evenly distributed.
  3. Prepare bread as for Cherry Cream Cheese Sandwiches. Spread cheese mixture over the bread lengths. Line up enough pitted black olives on short end to completely cover the short end. Roll up bread, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 4-24 hours.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition is an average of the 3 variations, per sandwich.

Nutrition Facts
Rolled Tea Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1g)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.8g 9%
Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
Cholesterol 11.4mg 4%
Sodium 230.5mg 10%
Potassium 87.3mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 23.2g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4.4g 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These dainty rolled tea sandwiches are a throwback to the 60s but I think they stand the test of time. Simple, elegant and filling...

13 Replies to “Rolled Tea Sandwiches”

  1. I made these tea sandwiches and they turned out great…my only suggestion which I read elsewhere is to pinch the edges and then roll everything quite firmly with a rolling pin both sides before adding the filling..this really seals the bread edges together and doesnt affect the quality at all

  2. Oh my gosh, my British war bride mum used to make these sandwiches as well for baby and wedding showers. She called them pinwheel sandwiches. She used to be able to order loaf bread sliced lengthwise and coloured (ie pink, blue or green or just white). Also for my birthday parties she would make pinwheel sandwiches like these spread with peanut butter and with a banana slice in the middle – always a huge hit. When I saw your picture you brought back so many good memories for me as sadly my mum is long gone but I love seeing this tradition revived.

    1. I remember the peanut butter/banana one too! And I have a bakery nearby where I can order the sandwich bread in colours and sliced lengthwise (Norris Bakery in Kitchener, Ont.) I am so happy to have sparked such a nice remembrance for you!

      1. Oh, thanks for the tip about Norris bakery. I just came across this page on Pinterest and I am in Waterloo. These sandwiches remind me of my grandma. I’m going to make some for a ladies get together this weekend!

        1. I am sure you will wow your friends! I don’t know anyone who has not been totally impressed when served them!

  3. My mom was always the aunt putting on wedding showers and baby showers when I was growing up so I helped to make my share of tea sandwiches and “dainties”. My favourite was always the cream cheese and cherry one although she always made it with maraschino cherries. My second was egg salad with gherkins rolled in the middle.

    I love afternoon tea and have introduced my daughter to it. We are going to have a middle of the night tea party and watch the Royal Wedding in May.

  4. THANK YOU!!! Finally, someone who uses a calculator to present their recipes! I’m hosting a surprise birthday tea for my dear mother in law in May at her church, and for the life of me, it was doing my poor head in trying to calculate all the various recipes out there for tea sandwiches! I’m asking 90 ladies & gents to attend her 90th birthday, and aside from figuring that each guest should have the equivalent of two whole sandwiches (that’s anywhere from six to eight tea sandwiches!), I wasn’t finding any recipes for a hoard of people. I’ve done smaller (30-50) dos in the past, but this will be my penultimate party! Thanks so much for making a part of it a wee bit simpler! Now I just need to guess how many tea bags, sugar cubes, deserts, and various other little bits I’ll need.

    1. I am glad it helps! I hope all goes well for your birthday tea! Your mother in law is a very lucky woman to have you!

  5. I absolutely love taking a break for tea time. I haven’t always been a fan of tea though. I became obsessed with it while watching Downton Abbey. I’ve wonderd how to make the little tea sandwiches they often serve. Thank you for this recipe, I’m sure I’ll be trying it out sometime soon.

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