Chopped Ham Tea Sandwiches



1 cup diced cooked deli ham

1 hard cooked egg

2 Tablespoons green onions

½ cup shredded medium or sharp Cheddar cheese

½ cup unsalted finely ground pecans

⅔ cup dairy sour cream



Coarsely chop 1 cup of cooked deli ham and place in mixing bowl.

Chop fine one hard cooked egg and 2 Tablespoons green onions and add into the bowl.

Add in ½ cup medium or sharp shredded Cheddar cheese and ½ cup finely ground pecans. (If you use regular chopped pecans; place them on a cutting board and chop them as small as you can.)

Add in ⅔ cup dairy sour cream and mix together until well blended.

Refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving so all the flavors have a chance to come together.

When ready to serve, let sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes or so, as it will spread easier. If you are in a hurry, place the bowl in the microwave for 20-30 seconds-just long enough to soften the mixture, but make sure it doesn't get too warm.

To make tea sandwiches:

Take 16 slices of white bread and cut the edges off of the bread, making a square. Cut the bread in half diagonally and place filling on one half of the bread and top with another triangle. For a proper tea party, take care to keep the triangles as uniform as possible as well as the thickness of the filling, as appearance matters. An Italian or French bread would be a nice choice as they are a slightly firmer bread, but a standard soft white bread would work as well.

There is a bit of waste with the extra bread, but perhaps you could feed it to the birds or use it to make a batch of bread pudding.

To make mini-croissants:

Purchase small 3" croissants from the bakery and slice them in half horizontally. Fill with the sandwich spread and place the top of the croissant back into place. A plate full of these looks really appetizing and is quicker to make than the tea sandwiches.

Other Serving ideas:

This spread can also be served on thinly sliced sourdough cocktail bread or on party crackers. You can either make up a platter ahead of time or place the sandwich spread in a nice serving dish and the crackers on a platter or tray and let your guests serve themselves.

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