A recipe for cucumber tea sandwiches on Nigella Lawson's website and Southern Living’s recipe for goat cheese-pecan finger sandwiches are two good options to serve at an afternoon tea social. Both recipes are for delicate finger sandwiches to serve at social gatherings.
To make the cucumber tea sandwiches, begin by thinly slicing half of a peeled, seedless cucumber, and place the cucumber slices between two paper towels to remove excess moisture. Mix 1/2 cup of room-temperature unsalted butter with 1/2 cup of finely chopped watercress, and spread the mixture on one side of 16 slices of the best-quality white or wheat bread. Lay the cucumber slices onto the buttered side of eight slices of bread, sprinkle with salt, and top with 1 tablespoon of alfalfa sprouts. Cover each sandwich with one of the remaining slices of bread, buttered side down, then carefully remove the crusts, and cut the sandwiches into smaller portions.
To assemble Southern Living’s goat cheese-pecan finger sandwiches, first stir together 4 ounces of softened goat cheese, 3 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of finely chopped, toasted pecans and 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley. On seven slices of bread, spread the cheese mixture, then spread 1/3 cup of red pepper jelly on the remaining seven slices of bread. Top the jelly-covered slices with the cheese-covered slices, carefully remove the crusts, and cut the sandwiches to the desired shape.