These are perfect for a tea tray along with cucumber sandwiches and all the other dainties before they bring out those diet-busting pastries! While James Beard is famous for his elegant meals, this is a simple appetizer sure to please the most discriminating of your guests….especially when you tell them whose recipe it is….James Beard’s!
James Beard’s Onion Sandwiches
- 1 loaf Pepperidge Farm (or other) thinly sliced sandwich bread
- 1/4 c unsalted butter, softened
- 1 small red onion, finely minced
- 1 c mayonnaise (home made is best)
- 2 c flat leaf parsley, chopped
Put the mayonnaise in one flat dish and the chopped parsley in a separate dish.
Stack 2 or 3 slices of bread at a time and carefully remove crusts. Try to make all the slices the same size after removing crusts. Butter each slice on one side only. Cut each slice into triangles* and place a dab of onion on half of the bread slices; top with another buttered quarter and press down lightly.
Dip the edges in the mayonnaise or spread a light coating on each side of the mini sandwich, then dip in the parsley to coat. Place on serving tray.
*You can make other shapes such as rounds using a cookie cutter or squares.
Variation: You can make these with zucchini or cucumber rounds instead of bread; just be sure to slice them thinly and dry well before adding onion.