When it comes to running a private Tea Room, I can’t expect my guests to eat what’s left, when they tell me they are vegetarians or Vegans. I like to be able to cater for all tastes.
Being a meat eater, mostly Chicken, I want to create Fresh Finger Sandwiches that would look appetizing and be flavoursome at the same time. I also wanted to ‘Road Test’ suitable breads. I’ve often made my own bread, but not to the scale required for this amount of sandwiches.
Today, I’m testing a well known brand that The Gent bought yesterday. A nice square shaped sliced loaf, perfect for cutting the edges off.
The first thing to do was roast the Sweet peppers. Having never done this before, no really I haven’t, I simply roasted them in a very hot oven for around 25 mins. My Twitter friends, came up trumps with suggested roasting ideas:
@MarciaBowie said “The more charred the skins are, the sweeter they’ll be. Cook til very dark, cover with cling film for a couple of mins, then the skins will slip off easily”.
@violetbakes said “I normally cook mine for longer at slightly lower temp and cover in foil, takes around an hour”
When the peppers cooled down, I peeled the skins away along with most of the seeds. I spread several slices of white bread with Houmous from a well known store that has it’s root’s in Leeds. The label says suitable for Vegetarians. Is it suitable for Vegans, is something I’d like to know?
I chopped the roasted peppers into rough junks and added a layer to the houmous and sandwiched together with another slice of plain white bread. As an alternative to the Chunky roasted peppers, I grated some fresh carrot and added a layer to the Houmous.
With a steady hand and a sharp knife, I sliced away all the crusts, then sliced each sandwich into 3 ‘Fingers’. No butter or spread was used, I think the Houmous more than made up for any loss of butter.
In my opinion and those of the family, these were winner on taste. I do have reservations about the Soft White Sliced bread. Although tasty and soft, it didn’t hold the contents that well, so the search is on for a more robust White Loaf.
These will be on my Afternoon Tea menus from August. I have some Vegetarians and Vegans coming, so I do hope they like what I’ve made for them. If there are any Vegetarians or Vegans out there, please tell me if this is the sort of sandwich that would suit your tastes.