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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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!
this thread might inspire some new combos:
and other ideas here:
as goodhealthgourmet has said... finger sandwiches are a popular subject(I know I asked the question once myself):
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 :)
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.