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History Cookbook: Sandwiches (1970's party)

This recipe is in categories Party food, Picnic, Postwar / Modern
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About this recipe
Healthiness : (247 votes)
Difficulty:  1 out of 5 difficulty
Preparation Time: 10- 15 minutes
Cooking Time: None
Number of servings: Makes 6 rounds, 24 sandwich triangles.
Serving suggestions: Serve at a party tea or as part of a picnic.

Sandwiches had been a favourite food for tea since Edwardian times. By the 1970's however, prepackaged sliced bread (in a variety of thicknesses) was now available, making the preparation of sandwiches so much easier.

Soft margarine was also available, meaning that it could be spread easily straight from the fridge.

Also in the shops were a greater variety of jam, spreads and pastes, making it easy to cater for different children's tastes as well as for the sandwiches to look varied and attractive when presented on the plate.

For images of the cooking process see our Sandwich Picture Gallery.

With thanks to Caroline Cuerden, The Hair Company for their help with this podcast.

  • 12 slices of bread ( makes 6 rounds of sandwiches)
  • 1 jar of meat paste
  • margarine, 2-3 oz approximately
  • 1 tablespoon jam
  • 2-3 oz cheddar cheese
  • Plate
  • Knife
  • Cheese grater
  • Spoon
Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

  1. Spread margarine on one side of each slice of bread
  2. Grate the cheddar cheese and cover 2 slices of bread with it
  3. Put the top slice of bread on and cut corner to corner
  4. Arrange with the points up on a serving platter
  5. Spread the meat paste onto 2 slices and make these up into sandwiches
  6. Repeat with the jam
  7. Arrange the jam sandwiches along the sides of the platter
  8. Cover the sandwiches with cling film or foil if you are not going to eat them straight away, as they will dry out otherwise
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