James Beard refers to these cocktail sandwiches in his book
Beard on Food
in 1974. He said, "I can easily make a whole meal of onion sandwiches." These sandwiches were very popular when Beard’s catering company
introduced them on the New York social scene in 1938.
I first tasted these wonderful onion sandwiches at a wine tasting. They are fantastic! Excellent with wine! This is quite possibly the
perfect reward, along with a glass of wine, for yourself and your guests. They
will disappeared in no time and people, even the none onion lovers, were a bit
shocked at how good they were. Give them a try and you will see what I mean!
To learn about the history and legends of favorite sandwiches, check out the
History of Sandwiches
Onion Sandwich Recipe
Yields: 16 sandwich rounds
Prep time: 20 min
8 slices firm-textured white bread, cut into quarters
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large sweet
onion, peeled and sliced into paper-thin slices*
Fleur de sel,
coarse salt, or sea salt
Mayonnaise (preferably homemade)
4 tablespoons of finely minced parsley
* Choose from Vidalia, Walla Walla, Maui, Imperial, Carzalia, or Texas Spring sweet onions.
Arrange the quartered bread slices next to one another on a flat work surface. Using a glass or an 1-inch round
cookie cutter, cut out two (2) small rounds from each sandwich; discard trimmings.
Spread each bread circle with 1 tablespoon butter. Place a thin layer of sliced onions over the butter. Lightly season the onions with salt.
This is a great place to use your
Fleur de sel.
Assemble the sandwiches with remaining
bread slices, pressing lightly to make them adhere.
Spread some of the mayonnaise around the
outside rim of each sandwich round. Roll the rim of each sandwich in the
minced parsley to coat completely.
Serve immediately or cover and refrigerator
for a few hours.
Makes 16 sandwich rounds.
Making Sandwiches Ahead of Time:
If you need to make tea sandwiches in advance and need to keep them from
drying out, cover them loosely with a sheet of wax paper and then place a
damp kitchen towel over the wax paper (never place a damp towel directly on
top of the bread because the sandwiches will become soggy). Refrigerate.
When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator. Uncover sandwiches just