With the heat of Summer beating down, tea has taken a turn to the cold varieties. Tea parties can be done with both hot and cold tea. Just imagine close friends, the sun shining, a slight Summer breeze and a cup of ice cold sweet tea to embrace the conversation. Accompanied of course by wonderful finger sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries.
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Amounts to buy of the above items:
- Soft white bread – 2 loaves
- Sliced ham – half pound
- Sliced turkey – half pound
- Arugula – 7oz bag
- Tomatoes – 2-3 sliced thin
- Mascarpone cheese – 4 oz
- Cream cheese – 4 oz
- Goat cheese – 3 oz
- Balsamic glaze – 1 bottle (or make your own with this recipe)
- Honey – 1 jar
- Tart cherries (sub: cranberries) – 1 can
- Fresh strawberries – 16 oz
- Bittersweet chocolate (50-70% cocoa ) – 6 oz
- Sweetened condensed milk – 1 can
- Combine 4oz mascarpone with 2 tbsp honey
- Combine 3 oz goat cheese with 4 tsp balsamic glaze
- Combine 4 oz cream cheese with ¼ cup of tart cherries in a food processor or with a mixer
- Thinly spread mascarpone and honey mixture on 2 pieces of bread. Place a few slices of ham between the slices of bread. Cut off the crusts then cut into thirds.
- Thinly spread goat cheese mixture on 2 pieces of bread. Place about ¼ cup of arugula and a few tomato slices between the bread slices. Cut off crusts then cut into thirds.
- Thinly spread cream cheese and cherry mixture on 2 pieces of bread. Place a few slices of turkey between the slices of bread. Cut off the crusts then cut into thirds.
- Do this for all of the bread making as many of each as you and your guests would prefer.
Chocolate dipped strawberries:
- Fill a small sauce pot with water about 1 inch up the side of the pot over medium low heat.
- Place a metal bowl on top. Choose a metal bowl that does not touch the water when placed on top.
- Put the chocolate pieces in the bowl.
- Allow the chocolate to melt then add in 1/3 cup of the sweetened condensed milk. If the mixture is too thick thin it out with 1-2 teaspoons of milk.
- Once combined, leave the pot over the water but turn off the heat.
- Take each strawberry by the stem and swirl it around until almost completely covered.
- Place onto a greased baking sheet or a flexible cutting board.
- Place into the fridge for at least 10 minutes but not more than 4 hours.
Recipe serves 12-14 people generously.
As for what teas to have, go with your favorite. You can’t miss!
About the Author: Janet Sanchez, formerly of Steapshoppe.com, is a skilled cook combining healthy ingredients in a very tasty way. She also stays fit with kickboxing.
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