As promised, I’m posting the recipe for the wonderful chicken salad sandwiches I served at my recent tea party. This is a bit of a first on Glorious Treats… a non “sweet” recipe. Well actually, these delicious tea sandwiches are a bit sweet, due to the cranberries added in the mixture, but they’re not a dessert!
As a lover of tea parties, I’ve enjoyed quite a few delicious tea sandwiches over the years, and made quite a few myself. This recipe is a combination of a few recipes I’ve tried over the years, with a couple of my own touches as well. I’ve made this Tarragon Chicken Salad many times, and it’s always enjoyed by all.
~Tarragon Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches~
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup fresh herbs, your choice (I usually use italian parsley, rosemary, and tarragon)
1 onion (yellow or red), thickly sliced
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper
2/3 cup chopped celery
1 small shallot, finely chopped
3/4 cup dried (sweetened) cranberries
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1/2 cup sour cream (regular or low-fat)
1 teaspoon curry powder
Bread- Light Sourdough, Shepard’s Bread, or similar.
~Roasting the chicken~
Spray a shallow roasting dish with cooking spray. Layer the bottom of the dish with thickly sliced onions and 1/2 cup fresh herbs. Lay the chicken breast on top of the onions and herbs and squeeze the juice of one lemon over chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, uncovered for 35 minutes at 375*F. Cool and chop chicken for salad (discard herbs and onions).
~Making the chicken salad~
Combine chicken with remaining ingredients. Taste for salt and pepper, and chill several hours or overnight to let the flavors blend. Taste again for salt and pepper before serving.
Cut bread into small finger sandwich size. Spread a small about of mayonnaise on bread (if desired) and place a tablespoon of chicken salad on each. Serve immediately, or cover well with plastic wrap or a very slightly moist dish towel and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
Recipe Source~ Glorious Treats
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Over the past 15 years or so, I have enjoyed high tea at most every tea shop in northern California. Most of those pretty meals were shared with two good friends, Esther and Cecilia.
Esther (top), Cecilia (left), Glory (Me) (right) enjoying tea- 2005
Last week Cecilia was in town (she lives 8 hours away), and I took the opportunity to prepare a special tea party, just for us. (Unfortunately Esther- who also lives out of town, was unable to join us).
It was a busy week, so I wasn’t able to make everything from scratch, but I made some delicious tea sandwiches, mini fruit salads and mixed in several store bought treats.
Did you notice, the table cloth has cupcakes and polka-dots on it!! How cute is that?! Mine was a gift from a friend, but I found them online here.
Cucumber Tomato Tea Sandwiches (recipe below)
Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches (recipe HERE)
Fresh Fruit Salad
Chocolate Dipped Madeleines
Giant Pastel Malt Balls
Chocolate Toffee Almonds
The scones, lemon bars and toffee almonds (all delicious) were from Trader Joe’s. The chocolate dipped Madeleines were from Starbucks.
~Cucumber Tomato Tea Sandwiches ~
These simple sandwiches are a delicious variation on the classic cucumber tea sandwich, and are always on the menu when I host a tea party.
English cucumber, thinly sliced
Tomato, thinly sliced
Garden vegetable cream cheese (or another savory variety of flavored cream cheese)
Nice quality, fresh wheat bread
Spread a thin layer of flavored cream cream on bread, add slices of cucumber and tomato and top with another slice of bread (also spread with cream cheese). Trim crust off edges of sandwich and cut into four small squares. Serve immediately, or if needed, cover with a very slightly moist dish towel and refrigerate up to one hour.
The next time I prepare a special brunch I may try this delicious looking Banana Bread Pudding recipe from Reader’s Digest as an addition to the menu.
One of my favorite things about tea parties is eating beautiful food in smaller portions, so you can enjoy lots of different treats. And sharing a meal with a good friend is always extra special.
I’d love to hear about the places you’ve enjoyed tea with friends.
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate… three of my favorite words.
Here is an extra sweet collection of some of my favorite chocolate treats. Do you hear one calling to you?
Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Almost too Easy Chocolate Mousse
Fudge Mint Brownies
Caramel Brownie Trifle
Now pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy a chocolate treat!
We recently celebrated my oldest daughter’s 7th birthday. In our house we have “big” parties every other year (last year was Grace’s big year). This year, we celebrated with a simple homemade cake, decorated with chocolate rocks by Grace. The “rocks” were in keeping with the theme for the day, which included going to an indoor rock climbing gym, along with two friends. I enjoyed the freedom of a very simple birthday and took pleasure in adding just a few stylish details… pretty candles, mini milk bottles and fun straws.
I guess now that her “small” birthday year has passed, I get to start planning for a “big” party next year! I already have a few ideas…
Tall candles- Sur la Table.
Mini milk bottles- Mine were a gift from a friend, similar available from Sharnel Dollar Design.
Blue striped straws- Garnish.