Tea is a huge part of the Russian culture. No matter what the season, tea is almost always a part of the day. Tea drinking is a whole ritual, not just a beverage to be guzzled down. It always involved some kind of snack to go along with the tea, some sort of sandwich and of course, a sweet treat.
These sandwiches are so Russian. We have a Polish deli in our neighborhood, where they make many delicious sausages from scratch. They even have homemade multigrain bread. One of my favorites it a sausage called Krakowska kielbasa. Combined with Russian cheese (Российский Сыр), it’s just the perfect match. I’ve discovered that Havarti and Butterkase cheese taste really similar to the Russian cheese. When I take a bite of the sandwich and follow it with a sip of warm tea, the butter and cheese on the sandwich start to melt. Yum! The crunchy cucumbers add some freshness and crunchiness to the whole thing.
Tea with sandwiches is great any time of day – breakfast, lunch, snack or even a light dinner. It’s also the perfect menu for an impromptu party for your friends.
Cheese (havarti, butterkase, russian)
Russian kolbasa or Polish Krakowska kielbasa
Spread a thin layer of butter on the bread. Place a slice or two of cheese on the buttered slice of bread. Place two slices of kielbasa on top of the cheese and complete the sandwich with some slices of cucumber.
- Multigrain bread
- Butter, softened
- Cheese (havarti, butterkase, russian)
- Russian kolbasa or Polish Krakowska kielbasa
- Spread a thin layer of butter on the bread.
- Place a slice or two of cheese on the buttered slice of bread.
- Place two slices of kielbasa on top of the cheese and complete the sandwich with some slices of cucumber.