Salmon tea sandwiches are super with afternoon tea. I love both smoked salmon and poached equally. I couldn't choose between them, so I've given both recipes here.
I love plain smoked salmon, with a little lemon - but gravadlax is just that bit more special. You can buy gravadlax at the deli counter of most supermarkets. It is salmon that has been cured with salt and sugar and flavoured with dill. This is perfection to me....
Poached salmon sandwiches are so moist and delicious. I poach my own salmon, or sometimes I bake it in foil with some water or lemon juice. It stays wonderfully moist that way. It's not hard to do, and it tastes infinitely better than salmon from the deli counter.
If you do poach your own salmon, there are some wonderful flavours that you can choose to go with it. Poached salmon actually tastes wonderful with smoked salmon and lemon juice with a little freshly milled pepper and a sprinkle of dill or chives.
Or you could try poached salmon with sorrel, black pepper and a little dijon mustard on buttered bread.
However, sometimes, I just use left overs from frying or grilling salmon the night before. In this case, I often add lemon and mayonnaise.
Smoked salmon tea sandwiches are particularly pretty, I think. The colour is lovely. Also, they are very quick and easy to make, which is important if you are making lots of sandwiches for afternoon tea.
Quite a few of my favourite recipes for tea sandwiches have got mayonnaise in them. It's nice to have some of them that are not overly creamy.
Makes 4 small sandwiches
Poached or baked salmon
4 slices of bread
This recipe is enough to serve two people for a supper dish, and leave enough over for making tea sandwiches the next day.
1lb salmon fillet
White wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
I love to serve smoked salmon sandwiches with cucumber sandwiches and egg mayonnaise sandwiches. It's a delicious combination for a gently flavoured afternoon tea. Try serving this combination with lemon scones, delicate Melting Moment cookies and vanilla cupcakes for a very pretty afternoon tea layout.
I would serve this combination with Lapsang Souchong or Mint tea.
Or you could try poached salmon sandwiches with more robust choices, such as ham sandwiches, cheese and pickles sandwiches and watercress sandwiches served with dark chocolate cupcakes, hot buttered pikelets and buttermilk scones for a filling winter afternoon feast. I would serve this combination with English Breakfast or Rooibos.