This time next Saturday I will be getting ready for a very special Christmas Tea I am hosting, so I've already started thinking about what special shapes of tea sandwiches I can make. This week, I experimented with a Christmas wreath shaped cookie cutter. I used the cutter to slice the bread into the wreath shape, then I used a smaller circle-shaped cutter to cut out the inside of the wreath. The two green ones are covered with a spinach spread (all I could think of for a green filling). The top right sandwich is cranberry cream, and the bottom left one is Three-Cheese Pimiento Spread.
The easy Three-Cheese Pimiento Spread was a simple way to use up small amounts of some cheeses I already had on hand. Into the food processor went 4 ounces (one-half block) of cream cheese, 2 ounces of Swiss cheese, 2 tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese and a tablespoon of pimientos. I processed it all for several minutes until it was a nice, creamy consistency. The gorgonzola definitely makes this a strong tasting spread, which I like, but I might use a milder third cheese depending on what else I'm serving at teatime. My theory is that cream cheese mixed with any other two cheeses in the world can only be good!
And let me be quick to add that I'm still experimenting with these shaped sandwiches! Green bread would be ideal for the wreaths, but the last time I saw some was in a grocery store near Green Bay, Wisconsin a few weeks ago, and I don't have time to fly up there before the tea party!