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This past Sunday, a group of us were invited to participate in the annual Valentine's Tea event at the
ames Beard House.
Miriam, our newest team member Leah Brickley, and I prepared an array of tea sandwiches to accompany a tea tasting held by Linda Villano of
- Cucumber, crab and cress on brioche
- Hanger steak with shiitake mushrooms and endive jam on sourdough
- Tea-smoked trout with beets and horseradish on multigrain
- Grown-up ham and cheese with quince and arugula
Sounds fancy, huh? Well, that was until the
Lower East Side egg salad on pumpernickel made its way to the menu. What makes it Lower East Side egg salad? That'd be
schmaltz, the key ingredient.
As a virgin schmaltz egg salader but a huge fan of egg salad in general, I was needless to say very curious. The egg salad was not only smooth and luscious, but it took on a chicken flavor that was comforting and familiar. No mayonnaise needed here at all. It is also incredibly rich, making it, in my opinion, perfect for tea-size (that is, smaller) sandwiches.
This Valentine's Day, I fell in love with something not quite as sexy as chocolate-dipped strawberries but with a lot more heart and soul.
Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer