Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chive-Wrapped Egg Salad Sandwiches for Valentine's Day


Once upon a time, approximately thirty three years ago, my husband and I went on a first date. When he arrived, I offered him a glass of white wine and a tiny egg salad sandwich. From that day forward, we've associated food with romance.




Decades later, I am still making itty egg salad sandwiches. This year, I bought savory pink-swirled bread at the Publix deli, and I "tied" each sandwich with a chive "ribbon." 
(Note: I'm such a Doubting Thomas, I had to taste the bread to make sure it wasn't a dessert. Sometimes a girl has to be sure.)

My husband got a kick out of watching this procedure--and he helped me tie the bows. Like so many things, it takes two.

Romantic Egg Salad Bundles

Make egg salad. I like mine very British and use dry Colman's English Mustard, adding chopped chives, freshly ground pepper, and a hint of dill. Stack bread and remove crust (set aside to feed the birds). Spread a thin layer of butter on the bread (somehow this makes the bread sturdier, just like commitment and honesty form a solid relationship).
Assemble your sandwiches. Add peppery watercress and chopped chives, with a hint of smoky paprika and Kosher salt. Cut into thirds.
To symbolize the marriage bond, tie each sandwich with a long chives strand (they're more pliable if you soak them in tepid water). Take care as the strands are easily broken, and they can come apart without warning. Just have faith. Be patient and gentle. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and secret kisses. Serve to someone you love.


13 comments:

  1. What a Lovely story Michell... It just doesn't get any more romantic than egg sale sandwiches tied with chives... Love it..Thanks for sharing your sweet romance...Hugs

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  2. The bread is a cute touch to your sweet story.

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  3. And - what a pretty presentation ! Enjoyed the story that went along with it all. Thanks for the recipe, and yes, I would have had to taste the bread also.:D I love a good egg salad, but don't indulge very often, due to the cholesterol. :(

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  4. I like the idea of the colorful bread - at first I thought you made it with food color or beet juice added! I do love a good egg salad sandwich, I like mine with some pimento on top. xo

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  5. Oh my, those are almost too gorgeous to eat!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  6. That bread is so fun! My Valentine and I love egg salad sandwiches.

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  7. What a gorgeous egg salad sandwich..Love the meaning behind the sandwich..so romantic...

    P.S..I sooo miss Publix!

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  8. These are gorgeous...I might try to make that bread. I love the new look around here. I must have stayed away far too long...I thought I was on the wrong blog!

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  9. That is the sweetest thing. love the sandwiches and the story. So adorable he helps tie the chives!@

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  10. That is such a sweet story!!! The first thing I made for my hubby when we were dating was Chicken Divan. How old are we?? Still having fun :)

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  11. It's the first thing i notice in the movie. They have a fabulous kitchen.

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