When people ask the question “What is your favorite food?” I usually respond with “Ribbon sandwiches and wedding finger foods” which is then usually followed up with asking what on earth a ribbon sandwich is? I can’t believe people don’t know what they are! Aren’t they a staple for weddings and any event that you want some light refreshments? At least they were when I was growing up (but I have to admit my mom is extraordinary and very talented so that could explain it) Ok, so here is what they are and how to make them.
Let me first start by saying TYPICALLY the bread to make these with is solid colored and done in bright colors that coordinate with the colors/theme of the event. I made these for my cousin’s baby shower and the colors were blue and green, the bakery however messed up the bread so they came out more marbled in color than solid colored.
Step 1- custom order colored bread from your bakery (make sure they either don’t slice it, or if you’re lucky they will slice it length wise for you!)
Step 2- if they didn’t slice the bread, you want to slice it length wise so you will end up with 5-6 long slices of bread.
Step 3- lay one slice down at a time (alternating colors) and spread a filling all over the top of the slice. *See filling recipes at the end*
Step 4- after the first slice is covered with a filling, lay another slice of the bread on top of it and spread a filling on that slice
*Note* you can do 2 or 3 fillings, but you don’t want to do more than 3 because that will make it a pretty tall sandwich and it more than likely wont stay together.
When you have all your fillings finished place one last slice of bread on top. It now looks like you have 1 large layered sandwich
Step 5- using an electric knife cut off all the crusts and make sure all layers are even. (if you don’t have an electric knife you may want to freeze the sandwich at this point and then cut the crusts off once it’s frozen with a serrated knife)
Step 6- wrap up the sandwich in plastic wrap and freeze for a couple of hours (or even weeks) until your event.
Step 7- when you are ready to serve them, unwrap them and cut them into slices about the width of a slice of bread.
Tada! These are great for weddings, showers, tea parties, you name it! They’re a perfect mini sandwich for a light refreshment.
The fillings I used were- Spam & cheese, and Chicken salad with pineapple cream cheese. Here are the recipes of different ones my mom has used.
Spam (I know it sounds odd, but it tastes AMAZING!)
1 can of spam
2/3 c. mayo
1/4 c. mustard
Beat with a hand mixer until it’s smooth (but not a paste)
Cheese- just buy the jar of spreadable cheese
1 can of chicken
4-5 green onions- chopped
2 stalks of celery- chopped
2/3 cup of mayo
2 t. garlic powder
(you can also add crasins or apples but you want them all chopped pretty small)
There are different versions of cream cheese layers you can do
Pineapple & cream cheese:
1 can crushed pineapple- strained
1 8oz bar of cream cheese
Cherry Cream cheese:
1 jar of cherries- strained
1 8oz bar of cream cheese
Peanut butter & honey
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey
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