An Afternoon Tea isn’t complete without savory bites. Along with tea sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, preserves, and tea cakes, a well-rounded Afternoon Tea serves a smidgen of savory bites as well.
The ritual of Afternoon Tea, as you likely know, began when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford and a close friend of Queen Victoria, complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. She needed something small, just enough to satisfy that in-between time, before dinner.
Thank you, Anna, Duchess of Bedford, for this lovely ritual.
We’ve found the most beautiful Afternoon Tea Savory Recipes, most of which are easy, with make-ahead tips you’ll want to note for your next Afternoon Tea.
Whether that be for two or a gathering.
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
Savory Recipes for Afternoon Tea
Offering guests a selection of savory recipes for afternoon tea is a delightful way to share teatime. Look for recipes for tea sandwiches, you may like to take a look at our post, Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches for more ideas.
It’s also nice to offer savory pastries with light but flavorful fillings and toppings. Cucumber, vegetables and seafood as always popular.
How to Serve Savory Recipes for Afternoon Tea
In the 19th century, the three-tiered tea tray became a convenient way and space-saving way to serve afternoon tea. of offering afternoon tea. It would have been set near the center of the table surrounded by teapots, cups, bowls, and spreads.
In early years, the top tier was reserved for scones, the middle plate held sweets like petits fours, and the bottom tier was for tea sandwiches. Guests would serve themselves from the bottom tier to the top.
Today, “the accepted rule of thumb generally remains that the food is served from the bottom tier up. This emphasis on course order makes etiquette easy, as well as provides the aesthetic benefit of a full top tier throughout tea.”
Imagination and creativity now replace some of the ideas held for savories in customized arrangements best suited to the gathering.
For instance, the savory tier can combine tea sandwiches, quiches, pastries, and other savories too.
While the tiered tray makes serving tea offerings easy, tea trays can be a pedestal arrangement of a dinner plate, salad plate, and bread-and-butter plate or like-sized plates easily slid into position in a wrought-iron serving rack.” The beauty of tea trays is that it gives food height, saves space and gives a “graceful nod to 19th-century tradition.”
“Lemon juice and dill provide subtle complements to the mild taste of salmon. Coated in bread crumbs and fried in hot oil, our Mini Salmon Croquette Canapés have a pleasing crunch atop French-bread crostini. A topping of citrus aïoli unites the hors d’oeuvres for an experience in flavor and texture.”
"Our Sweet Pea and Leek Tartlets are delicious alone or as an accompaniment to a savory sampling. Here, goat cheese blends with a medley of sautéed herbs and vegetables—tarragon, parsley, sweet peas, and leeks—all baked in a flaky pastry shell. A fresh sprig adds a lively finishing touch."
Homemade Mini Quiche is so incredibly easy to make, you'll find yourself skipping the freezer section of your market. Delicious party food, teatime snack (or coffee break too), this recipe shows you how simple it is to make 3 different mini quiche varieties in one mini muffin tin.
"These easy asparagus and cheese mini tarts make a beautiful addition to Afternoon Tea. Its pungent, herbaceous flavor partners so well with cheese and with store-bought pastry, it’s minutes in the making."
This Crustless Quiche with Bacon, Cheese, and Spinach is an easy, delicious and simple quiche made healthier and low carb without a crust. Much like our always popular Bacon, Cheese, and Spinach Quiche.
Whether you’re baking for brunch, afternoon tea, or simply a gathering of friends, this Salmon Quiche with Spinach, Dill and Mozzarella is a treat your guests will love. It is light, creamy and custardy with the seafood and savory flavors we all love. It is also so easy to make, and so pretty to serve!