Finger Sandwiches

By: Manjula Jain

Serving : 4 people

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Finger Sandwiches

These mouthwatering finger sandwiches are great for any picnic or party. The flavored cream cheese spread with different herbs give a unique taste, and has a nice crunch with every bite. The recipes are for four different sandwiches: Tomato, Cabbage, Cucumber and Pineapple. You can prepare one or all four of these varieties, as they are quite easy to make.

Finger Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 8 slice white bread firm
  • 5 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 green chili, minced
  • 1/2 tsp hari cilantro chutney
  • 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped hara dhania
  • 1 tbsp mint finely chopped podhina
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cabbage finely chopped band gobhi
  • 8 slices cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 2 pickled peperoncini, finely diced

Instructions

  • Trim sides of each slice of bread. Set aside.
  • Divide the cream cheese into four equal parts.

Tomato Sandwich

  • To one part of the cream cheese add black pepper, 1 teaspoon ginger, mint leaves and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture onto 2 slices of bread. Place tomato slices and top with the other slice of bread to make the sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces, garnish with a dab of spread and put small piece of tomato.

Cabbage Sandwich

  • To one part of the cream cheese add cabbage, 1 tablespoon of cilantro, 1 teaspoon ginger, half of the green chili (adjust to taste) and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • Spread mixture onto one slice of bread and top with another slice to make sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces and garnish with a dab of the spread.

Cucumber Sandwich

  • To one part of the cream cheese add Hari Cilantro Chutney. Mix well.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture onto 2 slices of bread. Place cucumber slices and top with the other slice of bread to make the sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces, garnish with a dab of spread and a sliver of cucumber.

Pineapple Sandwich

  • To one part of the cream cheese add pineapple, black pepper, 1 teaspoon ginger, pepperchini (adjust to taste), and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • Spread mixture onto one slice of bread and top with another slice to make the sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces and garnish with a dab of the spread.

Notes

Tips: 
You can easily prepare these finger sandwiches with yogurt if you prefer.
How to remove the water from yogurt, also known hung yogurt:
Place a muslin or cheesecloth over a strainer and pour yogurt to drain the water.Gently squeeze the yogurt to remove excess water, making sure not to let the yogurt drain through. Place a bowl underneath the strainer and place in a refrigerator for at least 6 hours to drain more water. Yogurt will become thick in consistency, just like cream cheese.
 

Finger Sandwiches

These mouthwatering finger sandwiches are great for any picnic or party. The flavored cream cheese spread with different herbs give a unique taste, and has a nice crunch with every bite. The recipes are for four different sandwiches: Tomato, Cabbage, Cucumber and Pineapple. You can prepare one or all four of these varieties, as they are quite easy to make.

  • 8 slice white bread firm
  • 5 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 green chili, minced
  • 1/2 tsp hari cilantro chutney
  • 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania)
  • 1 tbsp mint finely chopped (podhina)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cabbage finely chopped (band gobhi)
  • 8 slices cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 2 pickled peperoncini, finely diced
  1. Trim sides of each slice of bread. Set aside.

  2. Divide the cream cheese into four equal parts.

Tomato Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add black pepper, 1 teaspoon ginger, mint leaves and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture onto 2 slices of bread. Place tomato slices and top with the other slice of bread to make the sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces, garnish with a dab of spread and put small piece of tomato.

Cabbage Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add cabbage, 1 tablespoon of cilantro, 1 teaspoon ginger, half of the green chili (adjust to taste) and a pinch of salt. Mix well.

  2. Spread mixture onto one slice of bread and top with another slice to make sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces and garnish with a dab of the spread.

Cucumber Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add Hari Cilantro Chutney. Mix well.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture onto 2 slices of bread. Place cucumber slices and top with the other slice of bread to make the sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces, garnish with a dab of spread and a sliver of cucumber.

Pineapple Sandwich

  1. To one part of the cream cheese add pineapple, black pepper, 1 teaspoon ginger, pepperchini (adjust to taste), and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  2. Spread mixture onto one slice of bread and top with another slice to make the sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces and garnish with a dab of the spread.

Tips: 

You can easily prepare these finger sandwiches with yogurt if you prefer.

How to remove the water from yogurt, also known hung yogurt:

Place a muslin or cheesecloth over a strainer and pour yogurt to drain the water.Gently squeeze the yogurt to remove excess water, making sure not to let the yogurt drain through. Place a bowl underneath the strainer and place in a refrigerator for at least 6 hours to drain more water. Yogurt will become thick in consistency, just like cream cheese.

Appetizer
Indian

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    Shraddha
    December 4, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I loved this recipe.. Can I make these and refrigiate it previous day of party ?

      Manjula Jain
      December 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Sharddha, yes

    beena
    April 26, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for sharing this great tip. I tried the cabbage spread with bagel too! it goes well with bread and bagel. Thanks so much.

    Sk
    April 25, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Try serving them in paper cupcake liners! They look soo preety if you get the colorful liners and are easy to eat for the guests.

    Seema
    June 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Manjula,

    Can I use buttermilk bread instead of white bread, please let me know.

    Thanks!

      Manjula Jain
      June 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Seema, it will be fine

    Param Nandha
    March 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Manjula, I want to try this recipe; however, I wanted to make sure if cream cheese is suitable for vegetarian, and where I can buy it, and if not then what can be used instead of cream cheese. Morover, I also don’t know about pepper chini. could you please explain it.
    Thanks
    Param

      Manjula Jain
      March 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Param,
      Cream cheese is vegetarian, you can also use yogurt after you squeeze all the water, pepper chini is pickled mild pepper.

        Kamlesh
        February 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

        Love these sandwiches yummy my kids love them. Thank you Manjula Ji

    Dipti
    December 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Awesome ….taste yummy

    sunil
    September 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    wht is peperoncini

    […] started the evening with a few platters of sandwiches. The spicy cream cheese tomato was my favourite followed by the cilantro chutney with cucumber (I […]

    Shweta
    January 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Aunty

    I am planning to make these sandwiches for a party. Can they be made in advance (1 hour before serving) and these sandwiches should be served at room temperature or can be kept in fridge ?

    Thanks
    S

      Manjula Jain
      January 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Shweta,
      sandwiches can be made 1 hour before serving and can be served at room temperature.

        Shweta
        January 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        Thanks very much. 🙂 🙂

    Geeta
    January 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Namaste Majulaji,
    I tried the finger sandwiches… all 4 of them and they were a huge hit. My guests and husband too liked them all. The pineapple one was appreciated a lot, though i missed the peperoncini in it. Thanks for the recipe !!!

    Tejinder
    November 24, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I want to thank you for the recipe of sandwich. I had made them for the Thanks Giving Dinner as an appetizer and they were the hit item of the evening. Keep up the good work.

    Enjoy!!!

    Usha
    September 10, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I’ve seen many of your recipes.In this one I Have some doubts.Can we use toasted bread instead of raw bread? Is Ginger compulsory?Can we use plain cheese spread instead of cheese? please clarify my doubts.

    Noted with thanks.

      Manjula Jain
      September 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Usha
      You can toast the bread and make the changes to your taste. That’s the best part of cooking.

    Dhara
    March 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hey Manjula Aunty,

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Looks yum!

    I see you’re using a firm bread here. I live in California and I’ve never come across such firm bread so far. I would love to use it for sandwiches. Would you mind sharing the brand of the bread you’re using here?

    Thanks much!
    Dhara

    pankita
    December 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    hey…..i want to know specific brand of bread which are good for indian sandwitch..and where i can get them in USA……..please .waiting for answer..thank u.

    amritbir kaur batth
    December 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Aunti!
    What wonderful sandwiches!I love it.I will try very soon.can I use whole wheat 12 grains bread instead of white bread.
    thanks.
    Reply.

    Jaya
    November 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Could you please share the brand name of the cream cheese that you used? I see a lot of flavored cream cheeses in the market and can’t decide which one is best to use for these recipes?

    Thanks!

      Manjula Jain
      November 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      Jaya,
      It should be plain cream cheese brand will not make any different; I do like to use Philadaphia cream cheese.

        Jaya
        November 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

        Thanks! I have to say I absolutely love your recipes. The Shahi paneer has been a huge hit with my husband and his friends already! I am planning a big dinner for a huge group tomorrow and 3 of the things I plan to make are from your recipes. Though I have not tried the others (other than Shahi Paneer), I am convinced that all of them would be good. Please keep more recipes coming!

    Malli
    October 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

    The fingersandwiches are all so delicious. I love your idea for
    replacing the cream cheese with greek yogurt or drained yogurt!! Thanks for sharing

    leena
    October 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    What wonderful ideas for sandwiches! I love them and can’t wait to try them…..I make one similar with a spread of cream cheese+Green peppers+Black olives and salt+pepper. You can add that too with these Finger sandwiches!

    Mansi
    October 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hello, Here you have very different dish of sandwich. i love it most..we have lots of options according to each and every one likes. i will try all very soon. you have very wonderful collection of recipes.
    Thanx for sharing all this.

    bijal
    October 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I tried your finger sandwiches at a recent party and everybody- kids and adults alike, loved them !!!
    they are also very good for my daughters lunch box..
    Thanks for the recipe

    Sadaf Afshan
    October 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    These cute little sandwiches sound really tempting……….will try very soon.

    krithiga
    September 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    hi Aunty,

    i tried cucumber sandwich…it was very nice..my daughter really enjoyed…thanks for sharing…!

    vidya
    August 30, 2011 at 9:43 am

    aunty how to make Hari Cilantro Chutney??

      Manjula Jain
      August 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Vidya,
      Check the recipe on my web site. https://manjulalive.wpenginepowered.com/2007/02/04/cilantro-chutney/

    anju gupta
    August 24, 2011 at 3:56 am

    what is peperoncini ?

    Tejal
    August 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    i made the pineapple and cucumber sandwiches for a recent party…they were a hit…thank you!

    Ananya
    August 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Hello Aunty

    I am a fan of yours. I tried these sandwiches on my sun’s birthday party for appetizer and everybody loved it. Thank you.

    Ruchi
    July 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Hello manjula ji
    from where to get peperoncini ?
    Creame cheese you are using is it 100% vegetarian ?

    Yana
    July 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Aunty

    Will these sandwiches become soggy if made ahead of time for example, can they be made at 12pm to be consumed around 4 pm.

      Manjula Jain
      July 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Yana,
      They will be fine except tomato sandwich

    nikki
    July 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

    hello aunty….
    i love your recipes… they are too good.. and can be made easily…i visit your website very often…. thank you so much for sharing such tempting recipes ..

    Sasha
    July 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Manjulaji, lovely recipe! Can you please let me know how to make coleslaw sandwiches with mayo? Also, can you please show us subway sandwiches?
    Thanks!

    Rajini Yeru
    July 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

    WOW !! This is sooo tasty !! and easy to make Thank u Aunty,your recipes are Awesome!

    parshottam mathur
    July 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    this very testy yammy sandwiches. Thank you .we going to try

    Neha Kumar
    July 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    hello aunty,
    i luv ur recipes,i hv a question bout cream cheese.like from which store i will get that?

      Jaya
      July 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Neha, in the US you can buy cream cheese (Philadelphia brand is very popular) at any American grocery store that has a milk and dairy section. Walmart superstores also sell it. You should be able to find it easily.

        Neha Kumar
        July 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

        thanks jaya.

    lakshmi
    July 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Dear aunty
    it looks good and yummy but where we can get pepperocini…..

      Manjula Jain
      July 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Laxshmi,
      Replace it with minced jalapeno or Serrano pepper

    Mona
    July 8, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Hello aunty,
    I tried the recipe and it was really very tasty and yummy. My family likes it so much. I also made so many desserts and they came out really good and in very first attempt. Thank u so much aunty. I luv the way u talk and make the recipe. God bless u. Please reply me so i will confirm it that u read my message.

    Shalini Mittal
    July 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    GOOD DOING, BUT I DON’T UNDERSTAND PEPPERCHINI. LOOKS GREAT AND NICE STUFF TO TRY.

      Jaya
      July 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Shalini, it’s misspelled in the recipe. It’s actually “peperocini”. See the link to Wikipedia to explain. It’s basically just another type of hot pepper. It’s used more in Italian and Mediterranean cooking.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peperoncini

    swann2b
    July 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Looks great ! Can’t wait to try. Thank you !

    Mina Joshi
    July 5, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I love the selection of sandwiches. thanks for sharing your recipes.

    Hari Chandana
    July 5, 2011 at 12:54 am

    looks absolutely tempting and amazing.. thanks for the delicious recipe.. Yummy !!

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