Turkey Tarragon Tea Sandwiches are the last stop for my Thanksgiving turkey leftovers this year. Now that the in-laws have finally left the building and I have a chance to breathe, a tea break is just the thing I need to clear my mind, refocus, and start setting up for Christmas.
I’ve made these sandwiches for many celebrations and afternoon teas before and they are always a hit. Tarragon gives the sandwiches a subtle licorice-like flavor while the smoked almonds add a savory crunch. Imagine your favorite chicken salad, with the gourmet factor turned up.
When it comes to using chicken or turkey meat in tea sandwiches, I have a tried and true trick…use that food processor! I used to shred the chicken by hand, which resulted in sandwiches with a hearty, chunky texture. Giving the meat a few pulses in the food processor makes the meat lighter and more uniform, making it easier to get clean cuts on your tea sandwiches.
I am so glad Thanksgiving is over! If you were as busy as I was over the weekend cooking, shopping, and entertaining, I know you’re in need of a well-deserved break too. A quiet house, some finger sandwiches, and a pot of hot tea…now is the time to treat yourself, just before round two of holiday chaos begins!
Turkey Tarragon Tea Sandwiches
Makes 12 tea sandwiches.
1 1/2 cups roasted turkey, finely chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds, roughly chopped
6 Tbsp olive oil mayo
1 large shallot, finely chopped
4 large sprigs of tarragon, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
8 slices of sandwich bread, frozen
1.) Mix turkey, almonds, mayo, shallot, tarragon, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
2.) Roughly divide the filling into 4 portions, then place 4 slices of bread on a work surface. Pack one portion of the filling evenly atop each of 4 slices of bread, filling in the edges. Top the filling with another slice of bread, then use the serrated knife to remove the crusts. Cut the large sandwich into three equal finger sized sandwiches and enjoy!
I added turkey in my spinach salad today, was so-so. I think I’m all turkeyed out! 😀 However…..that sandwich looks mighty tempting! Maybe one more turkey meal, after all. Thanks, Bonnie, for the inspiration!
Thanks so much Angie…I’m officially turkeyed out now too. I made stock from the last of the turkey bones a few days ago…Thanksgiving 2014 is official over. 🙂
These are fabulous! U must try this recipe! Trust me I know. I’m Bonnie’s sister
Love the combination of flavors here, especially with your description of tarragon. I’m intrigued. Great pictures, as always!
Have you ever had tarragon before Chaya? It’s really delicious in light cream-based sauces as well…not too strong as long as you use it carefully. 🙂
Mmmm…the bread itself looks so soft and yummy….would pick chicken over turkey though. awesome!
Mmmm…the bread itself looks so soft and yummy….would pick
chicken over turkey though. awesome!
Yes, chicken works great here too! Hope you can try sometime! 😉
Hello @Bonnie. Fabolous recipe. will try with chicken.
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Ooh yum! and the colors look so festive 🙂 I could so use one now.
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Such superb combination of ingredients for this sandwich. I think i will try this recipe with chicken. N luv the presentation. Very neat. 😊
Thank you Sadia! When you are less busy with baby, this would be a great recipe to put together quickly. 😉
Wow they look so tasty!
Thanks so much Martina! Hope you can enjoy them sometime! 😉
we went away for thanksgiving this year so we have no turkey leftovers to contend with. whew!
however, i love the tip about using a processor to cut the turkey pieces and then the addition of almonds it give it texture is a great tip.
as wonderful as our break was, i am also glad that thanksgiving is over. i’m still exhausted. i did discover a new tea that i enjoyed immensely (it’s fennel laced and so calming after a full meal!) and i think it would pair great with tea sandwiches.
Ooo, what is this fennel laced tea you are enjoying Lan? Love the licorice taste that fennel teas have…an acquired taste, but very nice when done right!
i don’t know for sure what the brand was that i tried during thanksgiving but, i did go to my local grocery store and found this brand: NUMI and i like it alot.
Hope you had a lovely time 🙂 turkey is not that popular in Austria, just for people on diets but your tea sandwiches always look so lovely and yummy!
Haha, funny. We eat a lot of turkey here in the US, but it’s definitely not because we are all on diets. 🙂 Deep fried turkey is likely a very puzzling concept, don’t you think? Hope you are having a beautiful Saturday girl!
Haha funnily enough I have seen a Paula Deen clip on Youtube of her frying a whole turkey but I agree, I think it is weird. Thanks you too dear! 🙂
Hahah, I’ve actually met Paula Deen in person before at a book signing several years ago! Haha, so funny. 🙂
Oh wow, how cool that you meet all those chef’s in person! I 🙂
Lovely!! What is olive oil mayo? I’m intrigued.
Hey Beautiful Danielle! Olive oil mayo is just mayo made with olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Always nice to use more olive oil when you can. 😉 Happy Saturday girl!
These look too good!
Thanks so much Lauren…these few bite sammies are perfect when you need a tea break! 🙂
Perfect little finger sandwiches – and such an original flavouring!
Thanks Afra!! 😉
Sandwiches look so good, tasty and wonderful, Bonnie! It’s such a nice twist to add almonds! 🙂
Thank you Mila! The sandwiches wouldn’t be half and delicious without the smoked almonds. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!
These tea sandwiches look so cute (and delicious too). I just bought a new high tea cake stand and think these tea sandwiches would be a perfect accompaniment to show it off! Thanks for the idea Bonnie!
I really need to stop going through your blog at midnight; it gets me so hungry. Every time!
Ah, yes, and ditto about your blog!! Hope all is well girl. Happy early New Year’s, and looking forward to your posts in 2015!! 😉