Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tea Sandwich Saturday #31 - Vitamin Sandwiches

Earlier this year I spotted a recipe for something called Vitamin Sandwiches in this 1942 booklet. Now I must admit, the name is not very appealing. But why? Vitamins are good for us, right? So why did I assume Vitamin Sandwiches wouldn't taste very good?

I had such low expectations, it was a pleasant surprise to find this was a simple, tasty tea sandwich that packs a lot of crunch and which would be a very fine addition to a tray of tea sandwiches. The texture alone makes this something worth considering, if only to balance out all that cream cheese we inevitably serve at tea!

This is the recipe as shown in the booklet, but I'm typing it below, too, just in case you have trouble seeing it.

Vitamin Sandwiches

1 cup carrots, grated
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons salad oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine ingredients, using tender young carrots, and spread on buttered white or whole wheat bread.

Note: I added a few drops more of vegetable oil to help bind everything together and skipped buttering the bread. Not much oil, though, because this didn't taste oily at all and I didn't want it to! Also, I used a vegetable peeler to slice some thin strips of carrot to garnish these sandwiches. All those white bread sandwiches tend to look alike, so if possible I like to do something decorative and ideally something offering a hint of what's inside the sandwich. Oh, and if I do serve these at tea one day, I'll upgrade the name to Carrot-Pecan Sandwiches!


  1. I definitely agree with the name change for serving at tea!

  2. You're absolutely right on both accounts ~ love the crunch these sandwiches offer and the name needs to be changed!

  3. Glad you renamed it, vitamin sandwich just isn't very tempting.

  4. Hello Angela, I never thought of carrots in a sandwich, very neat! I will try this recipe and share it with some vegetarian friends.
    Hope you're having a great weekend,

  5. Sounds interesting. The crunch would be a nice complement to any tea tray.

  6. That is truly a funny name for a sandwich and I probably would have just skipped right over the recipe. How did this sandwich taste? I still think just with the ingredients list it doesn't sound too appetizing- I think I would have to squeeze in that cream cheese! LOL!

  7. People are so clever and resourceful. I never would have thought of this. Can't wait to try it!

  8. People are so clever and resourceful. I never would have thought of this. Can't wait to try it!


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