WEIRD SANDWICH SPREADS
My mother, when she was living, loved to go to church luncheons and "hen parties" where they served up some fancy and unusual things, such as finger sandwiches.
In her recipe archives I found these two recipes. What I am interested in knowing is are any of you familiar with either of these two recipes? Are they good tasting? (I've never tried them and am tempted to do so!) Do you have any suggestions for either of them? Your input is most welcome! Thank you!
I (8 oz) pkg Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped Walnuts or Pecans
2 to 3 Tbs Milk or Cream
4 to 5 drops Tabasco Sauce
Pimiento-stuffed Olives (doesn't say what to do with them! I assume you spear with a cocktail pick as a garnish?
Thinly sliced White Bread, crusts trimmed off.
Combine all ingredients and stir in enough of the milk to make a spreading consistency. Spread on bread and top with another slice. Cut into 4 triangles or use cookie cutters.
1 (8oz) pkg Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup chopped Walnuts
1/2 cup Maraschino Cherries, drained well and chopped
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
3 Hard Cooked Eggs, chopped
1 Tbs. Pimiento, chopped
3 Tbs Salad Dressing (Does not say what kind! I am assuming Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise???)
2 Tbs chopped Sweet Pickles or Relish
1 tsp Prepared Mustard (again, does not specify as to type! Dijon? Yellow?)
1/4 tsp Onion Salt
Sliced Bread (Didn't specify what kind!?)
Mix everything and spread over bread. Makes 8 open-faced sandwiches. (Personally, I would prefer to make into finger sandwiches like the ones above!)
These sound like they were from the 1960's. If so, "Salad Dressing" means Miracle Whip, not regular mayonnaise.
Prepared mustard, at that time, would have meant yellow unless otherwise indicated. And the bread would have been white. There weren't many supermarket choices at the time and had it meant rye, pump, or whole wheat, it would have specified.
A local bakery sells a variety of sandwiches with homemade spreads- pimiento cheese, tuna salad, chicken salad, ham salad, egg salad- and olive nut spread, which sounds just like the first recipe... and it is divine! Yes, the olives are chopped up and mixed with the cream cheese/nut mixture. There are no other components to the sandwich- no meat, veggies etc added, just the olive-nut spread served on good ol' soft white fresh bakery bread, although I imagine it might be even better on a hearty wheat, or crackers.
I've always loved cream cheese and olive sandwiches. All you need is chopped green olives w/pimiento and soft cream cheese. I could see it going well with nuts added, too. But it's well worth trying in its simplest version, especially as a finger sandwich. Sometimes less is more.
Another that works very well as a finger sandwich is egg salad with chopped green olives and a little curry powder.
I am so sorry my brain works this way sometimes, but I will share my thoughts with Chowhound friends and you are free to groan, or ignore... The heading of this thread, "Weird sandwich spreads" well, I first read it like a frightening headline, and my first thought was that you were going to tell us about some strange sandwich that actually expanded, like some goo out of a science fiction movie.
Otherwise, Spread #2 sounds like it has potential, but I can't imagine marachino cherries in a sandwich. Your post did bring back good memories, though, of my mother getting ready to have a small koffee klatch with her book club. Mom was a big fan of date-and-nut bread for everything.
My grandmother had a voluminous cookbook from the 60s that had plenty of recipes for sandwich spreads like the ones you mentioned. The chopped olives and nuts cream cheese spread sounds like it would be fine. The latter, however, is the kind of mish mash that I would probably be wary of.
When I saw these recipes I immediately thought of something I used to make a few years ago that was retro even then - it's called 'liptauer' and is Hungarian in origin.
Having looked at my recipe I see it's not exactly the same as mine calls for caraway seeds and paprika, but the result, I guess, would have similar savoury overtones with quite strong flavours mixed in with the cheese - and maybe comes from the same original roots? Either way, it's surprisingly tasty as a snack. Try it and see! Also you could look at Nigella's link below.
The first spread sounds like it would be nice. The second seems kinda busy. If you were just going to eat it as a sandwich for yourself, I would change the bread to my own preferences.
If you're doing this for a get together of some kind I'd perhaps edit the bread you go for. There's something achingly old fashioned about lady finger sandwiches. The second spread for example could be spread across a mini bagel or a slice of crusty french bread.