Buzz Lightyear as Mrs. Nesbitt. A tea party classic. Goat cheese and fig jam sandwiches. Also a tea party classic.
Did you have a “Mrs. Nesbitt” when you were a kid? My girls had a TON: Barbies, baby dolls, stuffed animals, beanie babies all took turns being tea party guests. But I think their favorite “Mrs. Nesbitt” was their little brother, Thomas.
Thomas would do anything to get to play with his big sisters, and that usually meant dress-ups. His most common role was Buddy the Dog, but he also spent a fair amount of time dressed in high heels, tutus, cheerleading costumes, princess dresses and, occasionally, when he was really lucky, cowboy boots. (Thomas was a very good sport.)
And when the dress-ups came out, that usually meant tea parties, aka grapes on colored toothpicks, cheese cubes and tiny crackers, lemonade and brownies cut in fourths. The best times.
Grown-up tea parties are even better, I think. Tea party food, but fancier, prettier, tastier. And that means fun little sandwiches. Like goat cheese and fig jam sandwiches!
Goat and fig were meant to be together. Like Woody and Buzz. Those flavors just work. Add a little nutty crunch and fresh herbs, and you’ve got yourself a tea party fave. Or lunch box fave. Breakfast? Simple dinner? Picnic? Even the “Mr. Nesbitts” will love these.
I know this because the guys in our house go wild over these little beauties. High fives all around. Or high fours…you better stick that pinky out. This is a tea party, after all.
- 8 oz goat cheese
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1 small jar fig jam
- 8 slices mulit-grain bread or raisin bread
- Soften cheeses to room temperature.
- Finely chop parsley and pecans. Add to cheeses and mix to combine thoroughly.
- Spread cheese mixture onto 4 pieces of bread.
- Spread jam on top of cheese. Top with 4 plain pieces of bread.
- Cut crusts off and slice diagonally.
*Toast pecans for a deeper flavor.
*Use any combo of nuts and herbs!
*Cheese spread can be made days ahead. Simply soften before assembling.
*These can also be served warm! Butter outsides of bread and toast as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.