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How to complete this finger sandwich...

Pei May 20, 2009 02:40 PM

Hi Hounds,

I'm constructing a finger sandwich for a little get together, and I've hit a wall.

My idea is to use soft whole wheat bread, a thin layer of cream cheese, and a tapenade of roasted red bell peppers and walnuts.

But something tells me salt, pepper, and olive oil won't be enough to give the sandwich the kind of "oomph" that's going to make people ask me what my secret is.

What do you think? A little balsamic vinegar? Chopped olives (what kind?)? An herb?

FWIW, the other things being served might be mini lemon cupcakes with swiss meringue frosting, and cardamom shortbread cookies. I thought something savory with an interesting texture and flavor would balance things out.

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  1. Sam Fujisaka RE: Pei May 20, 2009 02:48 PM


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      Pei RE: Sam Fujisaka May 20, 2009 03:02 PM

      Oh, I like the way you think, Sam (as usual). Do you have a favorite brand? Anchovies are not something I usually use and I don't want to go astray.

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        laliz RE: Pei May 20, 2009 03:07 PM

        you might want to think anchovy paste

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          aforkcalledspoon RE: laliz May 20, 2009 04:24 PM

          Yes, I know lots of people who love anchovy flavor (without knowing what it is), but odn't like the texture of the actual fish. So I often "melt" the anchovies in some olive oil while I am cooking. You could whiz it into the cream cheese? I find most brands pretty good so long as the oil it is packed in isn't gross. But you can always rinse them off and pat them dry first.

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          Sam Fujisaka RE: Pei May 20, 2009 04:28 PM

          Any brand. Just mash one or two in a bowl up with a spoon and mix in with the tapenade.

      2. Emmmily RE: Pei May 20, 2009 03:03 PM


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          todao RE: Emmmily May 20, 2009 06:03 PM

          Gets my vote ... with just a misting of lemon juice/butter mix.

        2. Pablo RE: Pei May 20, 2009 03:12 PM


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            smtucker RE: Pei May 20, 2009 03:30 PM

            Nice start indeed. I would love some arugula or sprouts on this sandwich. A little bitterness and crunch to offset the smoothness of the peppers and cream cheese. And walnuts go with both of these items well.

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              Cebca RE: smtucker May 20, 2009 03:51 PM

              I was going to say arugula as well. I also like the idea of kalamata olives, but they will overpower the peppers.

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                alanbarnes RE: smtucker May 20, 2009 08:00 PM

                Third arugula. Or maybe watercress. Something that gives both the flavor and the texture a little bite.

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                  mnos RE: smtucker May 21, 2009 05:41 AM

                  Arugula was my first thougt. If you don't want leaves on the sandwhich you could make a simple light arugula pesto to use.

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                  salsailsa RE: Pei May 20, 2009 04:53 PM

                  Along the fish theme, albacore tuna.

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                    weezycom RE: Pei May 20, 2009 07:14 PM


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                      ShelleyCT RE: Pei May 21, 2009 06:01 AM


                      1. kchurchill5 RE: Pei May 21, 2009 06:12 AM

                        I would think arugula even watercress, to me that would compliment the cream cheese and the red peppers which is a very light sandwich

                        I don't like the whole wheat bread. There are some thin party breads which aren't bad and a bit different and many good fresh baked breads that would work well. There are some fairly good hearty wheat breads that are heavier and a bit more substantial that will work well. Not sure what you are using, but most wheat breads I wouldn't enjoy with that combo. Sorry, but I love the combo so far it sounds great.

                        Capers too would be good.

                        Both ideas given below, The salad is #1 to me.

                        1. Pia RE: Pei May 21, 2009 06:55 AM

                          A shard of parmesan or other hard sharp cheese.

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