One of the best parts about tea sandwiches?
The small bite-sized serving makes it the perfect chance to put really interesting flavors together and somehow (the cuteness? the small size?) means people give it a go when they otherwise might not.
These sandwiches — made with sweet date paste, fresh mint, and tangy goat cheese on a cheese puff “bun” — are intriguing.
The recipe’s name, Gougères Tea Sandwiches With Mint, Date Paste, and Goat Cheese, is long but super cute and worth the effort! And, since all the parts — the date paste, gougeres, and cheese — can be prepared ahead of time, you simply must assemble them before your party.
Gougères Tea Sandwiches With Mint, Date Paste, and Goat Cheese Recipe
- 1 recipe Gougères made without pancetta and thyme
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 8 ounces Medjool dates pitted
- 3/4 cup cold water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ounces fresh goat cheese (aka chèvre) room temperature
- 60 fresh mint leaves
- For the date paste: Combine dates, lemon juice and water in a small saucepan and cook until dates are soft, about 15 minutes. Stir to mash. Cool completely.TIP: Date paste can be made up to 2 days ahead.
- To assemble sandwiches: Slice all the gougères in half so that the can be used like sandwiches. Spread a spoon full of each the date paste and room temperature on all the sandwiches. Pile a few mint leaves onto each gougère, close with a toothpick, and serve.