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Finger Sandwiches

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These mouthwatering finger sandwiches are great for any picnic or party. The flavored cream cheese spread with different herbs give a unique taste, and has a nice crunch with every bite. The recipes are for four different sandwiches: Tomato, Cabbage, Cucumber and Pineapple. You can prepare one or all four of these varieties, as they are quite easy to make.

Recipe will make 16 finger sandwiches.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of firm white bread
  • 5 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 green chili, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hari Cilantro Chutney recipe is on the web site
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro (hara Dhania)
  • 1 tablespoon minced mint (podina)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cabbage, finely sliced
  • 8 slices cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 2 pickled peperoncini, finely diced

Method

  1. Trim sides of each slice of bread. Set aside.
  2. Divide the cream cheese into four equal parts.

Tomato Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add black pepper, 1 teaspoon ginger, mint leaves and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture onto 2 slices of bread. Place tomato slices and top with the other slice of bread to make the sandwich.
  3. Cut into 4 pieces, garnish with a dab of spread and a sliver of tomato.

Cabbage Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add cabbage, 1 tablespoon of cilantro, 1 teaspoon ginger, half of the green chili (adjust to taste) and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  2. Spread mixture onto one slice of bread and top with another slice to make sandwich.
  3. Cut into 4 pieces and garnish with a dab of the spread.

Cucumber Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add Hari Cilantro Chutney. Mix well.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture onto 2 slices of bread. Place cucumber slices and top with the other slice of bread to make the sandwich.
  3. Cut into 4 pieces, garnish with a dab of spread and a sliver of cucumber.

Pineapple Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add pineapple, black pepper, 1 teaspoon ginger, pepperchini (adjust to taste), and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  2. Spread mixture onto one slice of bread and top with another slice to make the sandwich.
  3. Cut into 4 pieces and garnish with a dab of the spread.

Tips

You can easily prepare these finger sandwiches with yogurt if you prefer. However, you need to remove as much water as you can from the yogurt before using it.

  1. Place a muslin or cheesecloth over a strainer and pour yogurt to drain the water.
  2. Gently squeeze the yogurt to remove excess water, making sure not to let the yogurt drain through.
  3. Place a bowl underneath the strainer and place in a refrigerator for at least 6 hours to drain more water. Yogurt will become thick in consistency, just like cream cheese.

49 thoughts on “Finger Sandwiches

  1. Hi Manjula, I want to try this recipe; however, I wanted to make sure if cream cheese is suitable for vegetarian, and where I can buy it, and if not then what can be used instead of cream cheese. Morover, I also don’t know about pepper chini. could you please explain it.
    Thanks
    Param

  2. Hi Aunty

    I am planning to make these sandwiches for a party. Can they be made in advance (1 hour before serving) and these sandwiches should be served at room temperature or can be kept in fridge ?

    Thanks
    S

  3. Namaste Majulaji,
    I tried the finger sandwiches… all 4 of them and they were a huge hit. My guests and husband too liked them all. The pineapple one was appreciated a lot, though i missed the peperoncini in it. Thanks for the recipe !!!

  4. I want to thank you for the recipe of sandwich. I had made them for the Thanks Giving Dinner as an appetizer and they were the hit item of the evening. Keep up the good work.

    Enjoy!!!

  5. I’ve seen many of your recipes.In this one I Have some doubts.Can we use toasted bread instead of raw bread? Is Ginger compulsory?Can we use plain cheese spread instead of cheese? please clarify my doubts.

    Noted with thanks.

  6. Hey Manjula Aunty,

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Looks yum!

    I see you’re using a firm bread here. I live in California and I’ve never come across such firm bread so far. I would love to use it for sandwiches. Would you mind sharing the brand of the bread you’re using here?

    Thanks much!
    Dhara

  7. hey…..i want to know specific brand of bread which are good for indian sandwitch..and where i can get them in USA……..please .waiting for answer..thank u.

  8. Hi Aunti!
    What wonderful sandwiches!I love it.I will try very soon.can I use whole wheat 12 grains bread instead of white bread.
    thanks.
    Reply.

  9. Could you please share the brand name of the cream cheese that you used? I see a lot of flavored cream cheeses in the market and can’t decide which one is best to use for these recipes?

    Thanks!

      1. Thanks! I have to say I absolutely love your recipes. The Shahi paneer has been a huge hit with my husband and his friends already! I am planning a big dinner for a huge group tomorrow and 3 of the things I plan to make are from your recipes. Though I have not tried the others (other than Shahi Paneer), I am convinced that all of them would be good. Please keep more recipes coming!

  10. What wonderful ideas for sandwiches! I love them and can’t wait to try them…..I make one similar with a spread of cream cheese+Green peppers+Black olives and salt+pepper. You can add that too with these Finger sandwiches!

  11. Hello, Here you have very different dish of sandwich. i love it most..we have lots of options according to each and every one likes. i will try all very soon. you have very wonderful collection of recipes.
    Thanx for sharing all this.

  12. I tried your finger sandwiches at a recent party and everybody- kids and adults alike, loved them !!!
    they are also very good for my daughters lunch box..
    Thanks for the recipe

  13. Hello Aunty

    I am a fan of yours. I tried these sandwiches on my sun’s birthday party for appetizer and everybody loved it. Thank you.

  14. Aunty

    Will these sandwiches become soggy if made ahead of time for example, can they be made at 12pm to be consumed around 4 pm.

  15. hello aunty….
    i love your recipes… they are too good.. and can be made easily…i visit your website very often…. thank you so much for sharing such tempting recipes ..

  16. Manjulaji, lovely recipe! Can you please let me know how to make coleslaw sandwiches with mayo? Also, can you please show us subway sandwiches?
    Thanks!

  17. hello aunty,
    i luv ur recipes,i hv a question bout cream cheese.like from which store i will get that?

    1. Neha, in the US you can buy cream cheese (Philadelphia brand is very popular) at any American grocery store that has a milk and dairy section. Walmart superstores also sell it. You should be able to find it easily.

  18. Hello aunty,
    I tried the recipe and it was really very tasty and yummy. My family likes it so much. I also made so many desserts and they came out really good and in very first attempt. Thank u so much aunty. I luv the way u talk and make the recipe. God bless u. Please reply me so i will confirm it that u read my message.

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