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For the pictures that you may already be browsing through you will see this is for 4th of July, yes, this recipe was created for the 4th of July. What is it? An easy no-cook 4th of July appetizer with tomatoes, vegan cream cheese and sourdough bread cut out in shape of stars.
It works great for 4th of July or anytime that you have ripe luscious heirloom tomatoes.
And since tomatoes are all about summer, they are great to celebrate Independence Day. But before we get into this super easy recipe, I’ve got a story for you.
My paternal grandfather was so loved by his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He loved people and all of life so much! He was artistic, he made gorgeous hand wood inlaid grandfather clocks, matching cedar chests and tables and this was after he retired! He had 6 kids and he made each of his kids and all us grandkids a grandfather clock with matching cedar chest! He came to the United States from Latvia. He was the only one of his family that was able to come and we believe his family decided he was the most likely to succeed, so they gathered their meager funds and he came. Even though his birthday is June 21, he always celebrated his birthday on the 4th of July.
Why? Because he loved the United States so much and the freedom that it stood for. He loved fireworks and all things 4th of July. So needless to say, my favorite holiday has always been 4th of July.
It’s too hot too cook and you have been invited to “bring alittle something” to the neighborhood or family 4th celebration. Here ya go, no cooking and everyone will think it is so cute and it tastes so good too!
There are options to this tea sandwich too. Vegan or not, packed with protein using white beans or not here you go. This doesn’t have to be cut into star shaped, it is a great light sandwich anytime tomatoes are in season. What to do with the leftover pieces of bread? Make breadcrumbs, croutons or use it to make a strata. You can put the leftover pieces of bread in a freezer bag and store them away until you are ready to use them.
Cream cheese, I used vegan cream cheese or ricotta would work excellent or for more protein whiz up some white beans, season whichever base you choose the same, sliced heirloom tomato, a bit of fresh basil and there you have it!
The sandwiches are adorable as open faced sandwiches too, can’t you just see these all lined up on a platter?
I left the basil leaf whole in the sandwiches but you could also julienne them. Dried basil, parsley and Tajin make up the only seasoning you will need in your cream cheese or white bean base. Don’t have Tajin and what is it? It is cayenne pepper, salt and lime seasoning that I really love using. The lime in the seasoning adds a freshness to it. If you don’t have Tajin sprinkle a dash of cayenne, kosher salt and if you have it zest of lime.
Tomato Herb Tea Sandwiches tastes sooo good, I kept wanting to eat it while taking the pics and yes I did eat some as soon as the pics were done 🙂 That is always a very good sign, don’t you think so?
If you celebrate the 4th or any type of freedom day- how do you celebrate? Do you have a favorite food item that goes along with the 4th?
Want to know how I got the flags to look like they were waving? Rolled them gently and let them unfurl:)
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Tomato Herb Tea Sandwiches for 4th of July
Easy no cook 4tho of July appetizer with tomatoes, cream cheese and sourdough bread cut out in shape of stars.
- 8 slices sourdough bread, pre-sliced
- 4 ounces cream cheese, vegan or can also use ricotta see notes for using white beans instead
- 1/2 teaspoon each: dried parsley, dried basil, Tajin* if you don't have Tajin use 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp sea salt, zest of 1 lime
- 4 thick slices organic heirloom tomatoes (approximately 1-2 tomatoes)
- 4+ leaves fresh basil (or julienne some fresh basil)
Optional- using large star shaped cookie cutter cut out star shape from each slice of bread. Press firm to remove outer edges of bread. Set aside.
Mix herbs and seasoning in cream cheese or ricotta, stir with fork or small spatula to combine.
Spread seasoned cream cheese onto each slice of cut out bread.
Add one tomato slice and one leaf of basil to half of the bread slices.
Put other bread slice on top of tomato halves.
Garnish with treat pick such as a flag.
To use white beans instead of cream cheese,
Drain one can of white beans, using half the white beans, put in food processor along with seasonings in recipe. Pulse until puréed. Use instead of cream cheese in this recipe.
To make the flag picks look partially furled- roll them gently and let them unfurl.
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