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hi, i'm preparing food for a baby shower tea party and need some good ideas besides the usual chicken salad or cucumber butter finger sandwiches. thanks!

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  1. jem, would pinwheels work? They're a little different....tortilla or wrap filled and rolled, then cut up...I like to make mine spicy.

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    1. re: Val

      We just did my neice's baby shower with three different pinwheels - went over really well. We had a 1) turkey, cranberry chutney, spinach 2) muffaletta 3) bacon, lettuce, tomato and avacado. We did them the night before, then sliced just before lunch. The only thing we would change is to leave out the tomato - it made it bit too moist.

      1. re: lexpatti

        I like them because they are, well, so TIDY and pretty. You can use the tomato wraps or spinach wraps for different colors. Also nice because you can make them ahead, transport and then cut them just before serving.

        1. re: Val

          we do pinwheels too....we do a pimento cheese one that rocks

          1. re: LaLa

            LL, can you share that recipe, please? Thanks.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        as goodhealthgourmet has said... finger sandwiches are a popular subject(I know I asked the question once myself):

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/626337
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/512959
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594704 <-this last one is an excellent report and resource - from one of the Home Cooking Board's most respected posters.

        Best of luck with your tea - let us know how it turns out :)

      2. Sliced Caramelized Figs with Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnut Crumbs and Bacon Crumbs, Honey and Balsamic Vinegar
        Marsala Mushrooms w/ Caramelized Onions, Walnut Pesto and Parsley
        Sliced Boiled Egg, Horseradish, Pimento Cheese, Dash of Lemon Juice and Jalapeno Dices (if desired)
        Avocado, Tomato, Basil, Parmesan and Mozzarella
        Apple, Boursin, Lemon Juice on Nut-Raisin Bread
        Sweet Onion, Chives, Sea Salt, Pepper, Mayo and Chives
        Goat Cheese, Watercress and Pecans
        Smoked Salmon, Mayo, Capers, Horseradish, Dill and Green Onion on Pumpernickel

        ...hope some of that helps!

        1. My first recommendation is for the bread. I use this giant sized bread that comes in 10 inch squares sans crust and it has been perfect everytime. Plus, you can freeze the leftovers. It has saved me tons of time.

          http://www.slimandsoft.com/

          Some recipes..

          Real Ham (like from a spiral sliced ham) topped with Cream Cheese mixed with pineapple. Great on wheat, also good on white bread.

          Chicken salad, but with shallots and fresh dill instead of the traditional way.

          Egg salad is simple, but people rarely make it anymore so when I've made it, people have been thrilled.

          Roast beef with red onion, cucumber and cream cheese mixed with horseradish. (The veggies can be chopped up into the cream cheese)

          Turkey, spinach and bacon with a cream cheese schmear. (You can crumble the bacon in the cream cheese to make it easier to cut)

          Tuna with small capers instead of relish.

          Wheat bread toasted with swiss cheese on each of the insides - with thinly sliced corned beef. Topped with VERY well drained sauerkraut from a bag (not can) - as dry as you can get it, mixed with thousand island dressing. (They are kind of like ruebans)

          If you need vegetarian.. Wheat bread, hummus, sprouts, red onion, carrots and most importantly - dill pickle slices. (strange I know, but it gives it much needed zing) Also, you can add any other veggies too, roasted red pepper, cucumber, thinkly slices summer squashes, tomato etc. You can basically clean out your fridge with this one and they are delicious. Just make sure the ingredients are as dry as possible.

          If I think of others I have amde, I will post them.

          Emme, I'm defintiley trying some of yours!

          1. I got a good Feta Bruscheta recipe from Taste of Home. How about artichoke dip and bread pieces or bacon/cream cheese sandwiches?

            1. I love Radish and butter finger sandwiches (like they serve in Paris) on white bread with cut crusts -and sprinkled with fine sea salt. Simple and elegant.

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              1. re: sedimental

                Radish and butter is delicious - or, you could also do radish and cream cheese and chives. Yum.

                Also, I love different types of egg salad - one I made recently included some tikka masala in with the egg salad, it gave it an Indian flavor. I know it sounds weird, but it was delicious :)

                1. re: anakalia

                  anakalia, do you mean Garam Masala? nothing weird about that - i love curry in my eggs!

                2. re: sedimental

                  How thin do you slice the radishes? I want to make these for a baby shower tea party this coming Saturday. I'm trying to picture them.

                  thanks!

                  Ginny

                  1. re: ginnyhw

                    Thinly sliced - like the ones in this photo(source: ipbeats.files.wordpress.com):

                     
                    1. re: ginnyhw

                      ..and sprinkle with a little sea salt.

                      1. re: sedimental

                        I accidentally bought some very expensive grey sea salt last weekend so I'm good to go with the sprinkle. :)

                  2. there are so many good recs here. Radish sounds awesome! I love deli roast beef with horseradish mayo, smoked turkey with chipotle mayo and cilantro leaves, and ham, swiss, and arugala. The trick to making these three still petite and girly and finger-sandwich-y is to only use 1-2 pieces of lunch meat completely flat.
                    Also: cream cheese, carmelized onion and chopped dried dates, cheddar cheese and mango chutney, and my personal all time favorite, cream cheese with bacon bits and sundried tomato with arugala-like a little BLT.

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                    1. re: hollyd

                      OH! And pimento cheese! Very traditional for finger sandwiches in the south, and very pretty on dark breads.

                    2. I am a huge fan of BLT finger sandwiches.

                      1. thanx for all the yummy suggestions,,,i was just blanking on ideas, just had a baby and have baby-brain