"Kate Plus Ate" Royal Wedding Inspired Tea Sandwiches

The Virgin's tea sandwiches went over well at the Slideluck Potshow.

There's one social activity that every not-so-fab cook dreads: the potluck dinner. Sure, it's fine if you can bring a bucket of KFC or a tray of Safeway cookies without shame, but if the

The crusty carnage left behind by tea sandwiches.
theme is "make your best dish" or "let's see how you use local ingredients," cooking novices are usually S-C-R-E-W-E-D.

That was the scene at the inaugural Slideluck Potshow, an artsy gathering and community potluck dinner hosted at The Icehouse in Phoenix this past Saturday night. The Virgin, opted to put together a dish inspired by last week's royal wedding.

Hey, everyone loves the ugly wedding hat cupcake, so why not?

Read on and find out how to -- and how not to -- whip up tiny bite-sized tea sandwiches for your next party...  

I opted to make four kinds of tea sandwiches -- two sweet and two savory -- in order to satisfy the picky eaters with eight thousand allergies ("Is this gluten, wheat, sugar and taste free?") that inevitably show up at potlucks. Most were put together with pre-made ingredients you can purchase at your local farmers' market or grocery, but you'll have to prepare the Curry Chicken Salad yourself.

A few of the ingredients involved.
For that, you'll need:

  • 1 10-12 oz. can white meat chicken
  • 15 red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 rib celery, finely diced
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 Tbsp light mayo
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard 

1. Drain the chicken and set aside in a small mixing bowl.

2. Add grapes, celery and walnuts and fork it up until well-mixed. 

3. Combine mayo, mustard and curry powder in another small bowl and mix until smooth. Add to chicken and stir well. (Alternatively, you can dump all of the condiments directly into the chicken and mix the whole thing up, if you're pressed for time).

It's as easy as walking down the aisle towards a lifelong meal ticket! But wait, there's more. Now, you'll need to assemble the sandwiches.

4. The British traditionally use thin white bread for tea sandwiches, but Americans like The Virgin don't discriminate based on bread color. Take two thin slices of whatever bread you want and butter one side of each slice. Tip: Make sure the butter completely covers the sandwich, or you'll get soggy spots where the holes are.

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