Regular readers of my blog know that no tea party of mine is complete without a good finger sandwich. I think I like tea parties only because I get to make/eat scones and sandwiches. Whether its a chutney cheddar or cucumber cream cheese, dainty sandwiches always hold a special place in tea parties. So when a surprise baby shower was planned for a friend, I knew I was going to make sandwiches and this time with my most recent discovery, red pepper jelly. For those who haven’t tasted red pepper jelly, it is mildly sweet and spicy and perfectly pairs with cream cheese or goat cheese. It tastes good on bread and crackers and goes well with any type of cheese.
I have used herbed goat cheese in this recipe, but plain cream cheese works well too. This sandwich is creamy with sweet and savory notes from the pepper jelly and the surprise ingredient, pecans make it a winner. I wasn’t sure about adding the pecans, but I think it turned out to be the highlight of this recipe. This recipe from an old issue of Southern Living is a keeper and is going to be a regular on my tea party menu.
4 oz goat cheese, softened
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup unsalted, toasted pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup red pepper jelly
14 slices bread
1. Stir together cheese, parsley and pecans.
2. Spread the cheese mixture on 7 slices of bread.
3. Spread the remaining slices with red pepper jelly.
4. Top with cheese covered slices, remove crusts and cut into 4 triangles or squares.