June 2, 2008

Ribboned Finger Sandwiches

Printable version here.


There’s really nothing much to these sandwiches. And how difficult can it be to make a sandwich?
I have mostly made these to serve at my daughter’s birthday parties. I usually keep these as a sort of back up to the rest of the menu, even though I serve it with the other food. It doesn’t take too much time to make some more sandwiches, if needed, with some extra butter and bread.

My thinking would be that who would want go to a party and eat sandwiches when there’s more exciting stuff like cake and all the rest of it? Surprisingly, I’ve had kids coming and specifically asking for the sandwiches. And quite few adults too.
The spreads for the sandwich can be made ahead and refrigerated.

Ingredients:

1 large loaf sandwich bread
1 big carrot, finely grated
1 tsp mustard paste
1 onion
a handful each of coriander and mint leaves
2-3 green chillies (or as required)
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
salt to taste
¾ to 1 cup butter, softened

Method:

For the carrot butter:
Mix together the grated carrot, mustard paste and half the softened butter, till well blended. Refrigerate till needed.

For the herb butter:
Grind the onion, coriander leaves, the mint leaves, green chillies, lemon juice and a little salt to a fine paste. Mix this with remaining half of the butter till well blended. Refrigerate till needed.
You may use any herb/ combination of herbs to prepare a herb butter to suit your taste.

For the sandwiches:
Take three slices of bread. On one slice, spread the herb butter. Cover with the second slice and spread the carrot butter. Cover with the third slice of bread, remove the crust and cut the sandwich in the middle. This would give you 2 finger sandwiches.
If you like beetroot (we don’t, not very much) then you can finely grate the beetroot and make beetroot butter also. Then you would have a three layer sandwich. Alternatively, you could mix some grated cheese, tomato ketchup and some butter for a spread. This particular ketchup variation sounds unappetizing, but kids (except mine, she doesn’t like ketchup) seem to like this.
The green layer of my sandwich doesn’t look very green because I finely grated the onion and added it instead of grinding it up with herbs. If you grind everything together, your sandwich will have a lovely green layer.
These ribbon sandwiches are being sent to be a part of Monthly Mingle, an event started by Meeta, and hosted this month with a theme of Appetizers & Hors D’Ouevres by Manasi at Fun and Food.

35 comments:

jayasree said...

Loved the tricolor sandwich. Even I avoid beetroot. If u like, it surely add color to the already gorgeous sandwich.

Cakelaw said...

Lovely sandwiches Aparna - and if you can get kids to eat vegies by making these, all the better!

Asha said...

Great finger food for parties Aparna!:)
I am so tired of screaming kids at home every Birthday for hrs, I am going pay them and send them to a movie next time!:D

Happy cook said...

Love the colourful layers.

Kamini said...

It is a good way to get at least some veggies down their throats. I love sandwiches in any form and these look really colourful...

Jamie said...

Aparna, these little sandwiches look great! So colorful and healthy. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. And I really appreciate the tip on the ground cardamom. That is good to know!

Mansi Desai said...

these look lovely Aparna, and so easy to make! plus, I'm happy I got you out of your baking by means of this MM!:) hehehe..thanks so much for participating:)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear aparna
thanks for for your wishes ..it helped. hey, i like these ribboned finger sandwiches and as you say and i will agree, inspite of cakes, kids still go for these sandwiches ..nice recipe to try for ! i love your yummy posts and would like you to have look at my blog.

Rosie said...

What beautiful colours Aparna!! This is great for any tea time treat - just gorgeous!!

Rosie x

TheCooker said...

Great pictures.
The carrot butter is a wondeful idea. Bookmarked!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

That was a lovely finger food. Looks so good. It has a patriotic look(India's tri color flag) So creative.

TBC said...

Pretty looking sandwiches! :)

Dana McCauley said...

I love finger sandwiches! In fact, there is a gourmet shop near me that sells them for a crazy, high price and every time I go there (pretty much daily), I ogle them and resist purchasing.

I think I'll treat myself to them for lunch tomorrow!

Hetal said...

hey love ur Sandwich...looks delicious.

Jayashree said...

Love the bright colour of the sandwich....

Uma said...

yummy appetizers. looks colorful.

Srivalli said...

aparna..those sandwiches look very tempting..

ranji said...

parna these sandwiches are so good and delicious...very simple-a perfect picnic snack..

Sunshinemom said...

That looks tasty:) BTW I love sandwiches - even butter and jam:). I have tagged for a meme. Do look up my blog for it, and do it only if it interests you...

Sagari said...

what a beautiful sandwich's aparna

Maheswari said...

Perfect entry..loved u'r opera cake..

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Ann said...

There may be "nothing to them" but they're so PRETTY! I think a lot of adults would be happy to eat those at tea time!

farida said...

I love the colors in this sandwich. What a great idea!

Vcuisine said...

Very cute Aparna. Viji

jayasree said...

You have an award waiting at my blog.

Laavanya said...

That looks very pretty - no wonder the kids are asking for more. But, does the ground raw onion have a pungent taste?

zlamushka said...

aparna, lovely sandwiches. so soft and inviting. Yum, I want a bite. or two... ok, three :-)

By the way, round-up for T&T May is up now. Hope you re ready for the June challenge.

Aparna said...

Looks like these sandwiches are a hit here, too.:)

Great idea, Asha.

Happy to know you like my kitchen and thank you, Anamika for the award.

Never realised the resemblance to the tricolour, Sukanya.

Thanks Sunshinemom,
Will do it soon.

Jayasree,
Thanks for thinking I deserved the award and passing it on.

Deepa said...

LOVELY. Gives me so many ideas. Your experiments with photography are fascinating too. --Deepa

Miri said...

I love sandwiches and am always looking for interesting ones, but hardly anyone makes them anymore and the ones outside are just so full of irritating things!

vegeyum said...

Its an amazing sandwich! I love it. It seems that we have forgotten how to make good sandwiches and I love seeing posts like this.

Kumudha said...

Ribboned Finger Sandwich looks very tasty!

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Vaidehi said...

these Sandwiches are sooo colorful..delicious..