By Morgan O'Connor

Finger sandwiches should be small, thin and crustless. They shouldn't be stuffed with an abundance of fillings, but instead should be dainty and delicate. The fillings still need to be flavorful and interesting. The term finger sandwiches refers to tea sandwiches cut in a specific way. Tea sandwiches sliced lengthwise, generally into thirds, are finger sandwiches while tea sandwiches cut any other way, such as into triangles or squares, are simply tea sandwiches.

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Make the sandwiches ahead so you can spend time with your guests.
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Lay out all of the bread so you can work efficiently.

Lay out all of your slices of bread. You need two slices for every three finger sandwiches, so you'll need 20 slices of bread to make 30 finger sandwiches.

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The spread helps keep the filling from making the sandwiches soggy.

Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of butter, margarine or cream cheese. This is especially important when you're making the sandwiches ahead of time.

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If you're using cucumber, add it when you're ready to cut and serve the sandwiches.

Place the fillings of your choice on half of the pieces of bread. You can make several different kinds of finger sandwiches, or stick to a favorite. Feel free to get creative. Your finger sandwiches should be thin, flavorful and savory, rather than sweet. Try curried chicken with raisins or smoked salmon with chives. Spread the fillings all the way to the edge of each slice of bread you're covering.

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Make sure the corners of the bread match for the neatest sandwiches.

Place the slices of bread that are not topped with fillings onto the filling-topped slices. The margarine, butter or cream cheese-coated side should be facedown on the fillings.

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Pack the sandwiches gently and don't squash them.

Store the sandwiches in a sealed airtight glass or plastic container. Don't stuff them into the container or pack them so high the bottom layer gets crushed. Separate each layer with wax paper, then cover the top layer with wax paper and slightly damp paper towels. Place the container in the refrigerator.

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Make each finger sandwich the same size and shape.

Remove the sandwiches from the fridge one to two hours before serving. Lay them out on a cutting board and cut off the crusts. Cut each sandwich into thirds to create finger-shaped sandwiches.