Oct 30, 2014

C4 - Tea Sandwiches

Okay, the real name for this recipe is Tea Sandwiches, but C4 is the name I have given. Because there are 4 Cs in this recipe, Capsicum, Creamcheese, Carrot, Cranberry, my son who is super fan of Starwars says 'WhoooOhooo, these are perfect food for CP4!' If  you are having StarWars theme Birthday party this could be a nice theme related snack item on the menu! As the later part of the recipe name says, these are best to have at Tea Time, and these are perfect choice as Picnic Food too. I have made these recently when we went to Ray Roberts Lake for Picnic and Kids and Grown Ups loved these! Here is the recipe,Njoy!

Creamcheese - 1 block ( 8 Oz)
Capsicum - 1/2 Medium ( Bell Pepper)
Carrot - 1 Medium
Cranberry - 2 Tbsp ( Dried)
salt - 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Mayo - 1 Tbsp ( Optional)
Grated Cheese - 1 Tbsp (Optional)

Preparatory Steps:
  • First Wash and Peel Carrot, grate with grater in small cut setting ( so that carrot pieces are not big flakes).
  • Cut the Medium Capsicum in half and remove the stem, seeds and membrane. Wash it thoroughly and chop into very small pieces. 
  • Roughly chop the dried cranberries into small pieces.
  • Leave Cream Cheese at room temperature for 30 minutes or until it becomes soft
  1. Take a wide medium bowl and add Cream Cheese to it. If you are using Mayo add to creamcheese and mix well. Add salt and black pepper and mix well.
  2. Now add grated carrot, chopped capsicum pieces and mix well. Finally add chopped dried cranberries and mix well so that everything incorporates well with creamcheese. If you are using Cheese now add the cheese mix well.
  3. Now take the bread slices and trim the edges. Spread the creamcheese mixture on one bread slice and top with another and press it gently so that it is sealed and cut them into half. That's all, C4 Sandwiches are ready to be served. 
  • Mayo helps the creamcheese to soften quickly. If you are in rush and didn't have time to leave the cream cheese outside allowing to it to soften, then definitely use Mayo. Otherwise it is optional.
  • The cream cheese mixture should not be very runny or very thick, it should be spreadable that is the right consistency.
  • Cheese will add more cheesy texture, this is optional, if you don't like you can totally skip.
  • I have used healthy bread options like multi grain and whole wheat. You can try using Brown Bread as well, try different color breads that makes the assortment look pretty as well.
  • You can leave the creamecheese mixture in the refrigerator for 30 min that helps to settle all the flavors in the spread.
  • If you are taking these to picnic, wrap each sandwich in cling wrap so that it will be mess free at the picnic spot.
  • You can cut them horizontally, vertically or diagonally to make different fun shapes. Or cut each sandwich into four squares to make them as bite size. 

You can do mix and match of veggies inside in these sandwiches! Following are some more combinations that you can try:
  • Carrots, Olives and CreamCheese
  • Jalapeno and CreamCheese
  • English Cucumber and CreamCheese
Check out all other Picnic Recipes as well.

will be back with another great recipe,
take care until then!



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