Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tea Sandwich Saturday #49 - Three-Cheese Pimiento Spread

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!


  1. I really love these sandwiches . I will use that idea for the Hoildays.

  2. Your wreath tea sandwiches are pretty and the fillings sound good. Now I'll be craving some three-cheese pimiento spread. :-)

  3. I love these creative ideas. I'd think there would be a spinach bread that would be green?

  4. Hi Angela,
    Here in Michigan you can order colored bread at a grocery store bakery. Just let them know a few days in advance.
    I've ordered green and pink before and they look great!

  5. Love the look of these sandwiches, Angela! With the design of the wreaths being so neat, I don't think you need to 'green up' the bread - they look great decorated as you have them.

    Of course, you can always use green and red peppers, cranberries, kewies, and grapes for colorful accents.
    Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays, Joanie

  6. What a fun idea! Oh I will be hosting several tea parties next weekend too. Started making food yesterday. An Asian theme this year, so very little in the normal tea food will be served.

  7. Those sandwiches are adorable and I agree with your theory on cheeses!


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