Sanditon: Watercress Egg Salad Sandwiches
Historical Tidbit: Adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies, the Sanditon miniseries is based on Jane Austen’s last novel, which was partially written at the time of the author’s death in 1817.
Another option for classic finger sandwiches is watercress egg salad, tasty addition to your traditional English tea menu. And with only a handful of ingredients, it won’t take a fortnight to make them. This recipe uses sourdough bread, a healthier option compared to regular white bread thanks to the enzymes in the sourdough culture, which help boost digestion.
A fun way to transport yourself into Jane Austen’s world of the early 19th century lords and ladies, enjoy them on their own as a snack or together with other finger sandwiches like cucumber & cream cheese, or smoked salmon & cream cheese.
Along with scones topped with clotted cream and jam, your favorite tea such as Earl Grey or English Breakfast, and a bowl of fruit, these light, and delightful sandwiches are the perfect savory addition to your afternoon tea.
Yield: 12 bite-sized sandwiches
Skill Level: Easy
- Bread knife
- Butter knife
- Cutting board
- Potato masher
- Medium pot
- Egg timer
- 4 large hard-boiled eggs
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1 bunch of fresh watercress, washed, dried, and thinly chopped
- 6 slices of white sourdough bread, with the crusts, removed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the boiled eggs and place them in a large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher, mash the eggs until they are medium-sized chunks. Mix in mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and herbs. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
- Spread the egg salad generously on the bread and add a generous amount of chopped watercress. Top with a slice of bread to make 3 sandwiches.
- Cut each sandwich into four even squares and place on a serving tray along with other sandwiches like cucumber and cream cheese.
Fun fact: Starring Rose Williams as the lively Charlotte Heywood, the actress initially turned down a supporting role due to scheduling conflicts but later on had a chance to audition for the lead role.