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Ribbon sandwich(tea sandwiches)

Ribbon sandwich also known as rainbow sandwich is a popular tea time, party finger food made with vegetable filling.

The multicolored sandwich are known for their green, orange, and red color, hence the name rainbow sandwich.

A retro vegetarian sandwich recipe that has stood the test of time and are still popular today.

They are still served at birthday parties,family gatherings or as a vegetarian tea sandwich.

If you are looking for an easy budget friendly appetizer/ finger food then give these vegetarian ribbon sandwiches a try.

Filling for the ribbon sandwich(tea sandwiches).

The filling for the ribbon sandwich are made with boiled vegetables that are grated to make bright layers.

The red filling is made with beetroot.

The orange filling is made with carrots.

The green filling can be made with lettuce leaves, chopped parsley, or any type of leaves that can add green color.

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Tips to make ribbon/rainbow sandwich.

  • Use sliced white bread, as they are easy to stack over one another and slice the crust.
  • Use a grater to shred the vegetables or your food processor. If you are using the food processor, grate the beetroot last as beet juice tends to stain everything red.
    You would want to grate the other two veggies first so as not to stain them with beet juice.
  • Apply a thin layer of the vegetable filling, which will make it easier to cut through, you can also add a thicker spread like I did here with the beets but cutting them into squares can be a little tricky.
  • Refrigerate the sandwiches for a few minutes to ease the slicing process.
  • Taste each filling individually so you can season them with salt and pepper as needed. if you are using salted butter reduce the amount of salt.
  • If you are using the same knife, wipe after each layer has been spread to avoid the fillings mixing, and color running into each other.
  • You can make these ribbon/rainbow sandwiches 3-4 hours early and cover them with cling film or a damp cloth and refrigerate so the sandwiches won’t dry.

Utensils and appliances needed.

Chopping board and knife.

3 separate medium-sized bowls to make the veggie spread.

Separate clean chopping board to cut and slice the ribbon sandwiches.

More teatime snacks to try.

Fish cutlets(Sri Lankan).

fish rolls(chinese rolls).

Deep fried-curried fish patties(Sri Lankan).

Coconut milk pancakes with jaggery filling(pani pol).

RECIPE DIFFICULTY -EASY

How to make ribbon sandwiches(rainbow sandwich)

Ingredients 

Please make sure to read the recipe instructions at least once to avoid mistakes.

Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

6 slices of bread

3 medium-sized carrots

3 medium-sized beetroot

A small bunch of lettuce leaves washed well and left to drain any excess water

Salt to season

Pepper to season

1 small green chilli chopped fine(optional)

Method

How to prepare the ribbon sandwich vegetarian filling.

Boil the peeled whole carrots in water with a pinch of salt until a fork can pierce the root vegetable(15-20 minutes over the stovetop).

Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Then boil the peeled beets as well. The beets take a little longer than the carrots but once they are done transfer to a bowl to cool.

Chop the lettuce really fine, you can add the green chillies to the the lettuce to add a little spice. Transfer to a bowl.

Once the carrots and beets cool, grate them or smash them to a paste(I grated them) and tranfer them to separate bowls.

Grate the carrots first, followed by beets so the beet color doesn’t run into the grated carrots.

Season the grated vegetables with salt and pepper as you need.

How to assemble the vegetarian sandwiches.

Add 1/2 a teaspoon of butter to each bowl of grated veggies and mix. This will help to make the filling spreadable.

Place the slices of bread over a breadboard and lightly butter them(not too much as the spread already has butter init. If you are using salted butter make sure the spread is really thin.

1st spread the lettuce leaves on the buttered bread.

Place the second slice of buttered bread over it, and spread a slightly thin layer of carrot spread.

 

Add the 3rd slice of buttered bread and spread a thin layer of beet spread.

Cover with another slice of buttered bread and gently press down.

All 4 slices of bread should be stacked on top of each other and perfectly aligned for a clean cut.

Cut the crusts on all sides.

Once the crust is cut, cut them into four.

Once the vegetable sandwiches are ready, transfer them onto a platter.

You can use a cocktail stick to keep the vegetable sandwiches firm.

To avoid the ribbon sandwiches from drying, cover with a damp cloth.

If you are refrigerating, cover the sandwiches with clingfilm.

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Stack of ribbon or rainbow sandwiches served on a platter

Ribbon sandwich(tea sandwiches)

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ribbon sandwich also known as rainbow sandwich is a popular tea time, party finger food made with vegetable filling.

The multicolored sandwich are known for their green, orange, and red color, hence the name rainbow sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 medium-sized carrots
  • 3 medium-sized beetroot
  • A small bunch of lettuce leaves washed well and left to drain any excess water
  • Salt to season
  • Pepper to season
  • 1 small green chilli chopped fine(optional)

Instructions

How to prepare the ribbon sandwich vegetarian filling.

Boil the peeled whole carrots in water with a pinch of salt until a fork can pierce the root vegetable(15-20 minutes over the stovetop).

Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Then boil the peeled beets as well. The beets take a little longer than the carrots but once they are done transfer to a bowl to cool.

Chop the lettuce really fine, you can add the green chillies to the the lettuce to add a little spice. Transfer to a bowl.

Once the carrots and beets cool, grate them or smash them to a paste(I grated them) and tranfer them to separate bowls.

Grate the carrots first, followed by beets so the beet color doesn’t run into the grated carrots.

Season the grated vegetables with salt and pepper as you need.

How to assemble the vegetarian sandwiches.

Add 1/2 a teaspoon of butter to each bowl of grated veggies and mix. This will help to make the filling spreadable.

Place the slices of bread over a breadboard and lightly butter them(not too much as the spread already has butter init. If you are using salted butter make sure the spread is really thin.

1st spread the lettuce leaves on the buttered bread.

Place the second slice of buttered bread over it, and spread a slightly thin layer of carrot spread.

Add the 3rd slice of buttered bread and spread a thin layer of beet spread.

Cover with another slice of buttered bread and gently press down.

All 4 slices of bread should be stacked on top of each other and perfectly aligned for a clean cut.

Cut the crusts on all sides.

Once the crust is cut, cut them into four.

Once the vegetable sandwiches are ready, transfer them onto a platter.

You can use a cocktail stick to keep the vegetable sandwiches firm.

To avoid the ribbon sandwiches from drying, cover with a damp cloth.

If you are refrigerating, cover the sandwiches with clingfilm.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 460mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

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