Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tea Sandwich Saturday #7 - Olive & Walnut Spread on Sourdough

Are any of you fans of sourdough bread? I sure am! I love the smell, the taste, the texture — there's no sandwich that wouldn't taste better on sourdough bread, if you ask me. So this week, I whipped up a super easy spread that is just awesome on thin-sliced sourdough bread!

I was looking through one of my tearoom cookbooks when I came across a recipe that included walnuts and olives. I disliked some of its ingredients and whittled it down to something I find deliciously simple I call ...

Olive & Walnut Spread

1 (8-ounce) block reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup pimiento stuffed olives, chopped fine
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Soften cream cheese in microwave, about 15-20 seconds, then mix all three ingredients. Once the ingredients were combined, I tasted the mixture to see how much salt and spices to add, and I loved it just as it was. The olives gave it a nice salty flavor, and the walnuts gave it a nice crunch. (My regular tester, my husband, in a nod to Facebook said, "Where's the 'Like' button?") Garnish sandwiches with thin slices of olive if you like. Yield: Enough spread for about 20 heart-shaped sandwiches when cut with a 2-1/2-inch cookie cutter.

You can serve these open-faced or not, as you choose.

I personally want both pieces of bread when the bread is sourdough!


  1. I have never thought to use sourdough bread for my tea sandwiches but would love the taste too.
    I hosted a Valentine tea yesterday for some friends and looking for a thin sliced bread here was impossible in the grocery stores. Every loaf sold was thick and even the bakery slicer had only one setting. Weight Watchers loaves seemed to be the answer and although an expensive alternative, worked fine.

  2. Olive and walnut spread sounds delicious. I'll have to give this a try. The heart shaped sandwiches are tea tray pretty.

  3. Delicious recipe today, Angela - I love sourdough bread too! I am going to try this one, thank you for sharing & have a lovely weekend, Joanie

  4. I just made "Cream Cheese Olive Nut Spread" on Thursday. Your sandwiches, in the heart shape, are more pretty than mine. A lady on our BHM tea committee has made these sandwiches for 160 servings for the last 3 events.

  5. Love sourdough for tea sandwiches and these look particularly good.


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