Thursday, February 4, 2016

For the Ladies...

In just a few days, the Broncos and Panthers will be duking it out on the astro-turf. For most of us, this means a Sunday full of chicken wings, cocktail weenies, cheesy dips and plenty of beer.

While I thoroughly enjoy a good football spread every now and then, sometimes I want something not so....."manly" to munch on.

"Oh Lauren, why don't you make up a nice crudite platter? That's healthy and delicate!"

And boring. Very, very boring.

I want something dainty and delicious.

I want finger sandwiches, biatch.

Sorry I said 'biatch'. That wasn't very ladylike of me. I'm just so darn excited about these pretty little things. Tell me at least one of these doesn't sound tantalizing:

Curried Egg Salad Sandwich with Watercress on White.

Cranberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad on Whole Grain.

Cucumber and Radish on Rye.

And the best part? Slice these up small enough and you won't even notice that you've eaten the equivalent of 5 full size sandwiches over the course of 30 minutes.

Or maybe you have more self-control than I do and will indulge responsibly. Whatever.

Curried Egg Salad Sandwich with Watercress

  • 6 hardboiled eggs, diced
  • 2 sprigs green onions
  • 3-4 TB good quality mayo
  • 1-2 TB nice Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1/4-1/2 TB curry powder
  • White Sandwich Bread (your preference, but a slightly firmer 'bakery quality' loaf stands up best)
  • Fresh watercress 

Mix first 7 ingredients together. Depending on the type of curry powder and paprika used, you may find you want a bit more seasoning, so taste and adjust accordingly. Refridgerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld. When ready to serve, spread several watercress leaves on the sandwich bread, add the egg salad, slice and enjoy immediately.

Cranberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad on Whole Grain

  • Meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, cubed
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 TB poppyseeds 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 TB Dijon mustard
  • 3-4 TB good quality mayo
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 
Combine all ingredients, adjusting amount of mayo to just coat/bind all ingredients together. Taste and season to liking, adding in more poppyseeds if desired. Chill for several hours, then spread on whole grain bread. Slice and serve immediately.

Cucumber and Radish on Rye

  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 radishes, sliced thin
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 TB sour cream
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 TB fresh dill, minced
  • Good quality Rye bread
Combine sour cream, cream cheese and ranch mix together- an electric mixer works well. Stir in fresh dill. Spread on rye bread and top with cucumbers and radishes. Serve immediately.

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