Gentlemen's Morsels Recipe - Classic British Delicacy

Gentlemen's Morsels

Gentlemen's Morsels Recipe - Classic British Delicacy
Region / culture: United Kingdom | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 16


Gentlemen's Morsels
Gentlemen's Morsels

Gentlemen's Morsels are a classic and elegant appetizer that is perfect for any gathering or party. These small sandwiches are packed with flavor and are sure to impress your guests.


The origins of Gentlemen's Morsels can be traced back to the early 20th century, where they were often served at high society events and gatherings. The combination of sweet apricot jam, savory smoked ham, and tangy Dijon mustard creates a perfect balance of flavors that has stood the test of time.


How to prepare

  1. Makes 16 small sandwiches.
  2. Place the bread slices on the counter or cutting board.
  3. Spread a thin layer of apricot jam on half of the bread slices.
  4. Arrange sliced ham on top of the jam.
  5. Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard on the other bread slices and place them on top of the ham.
  6. Use a serrated knife to trim the crusts.
  7. To serve, cut the sandwiches into squares, triangles, or fingers.


  • Substitute the smoked ham with prosciutto for a different flavor profile.
  • Use fig jam instead of apricot jam for a sweeter twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use thinly sliced ham for the best texture and flavor.

- Trim the crusts off the sandwiches for a more polished and elegant presentation.

- Cut the sandwiches into small squares, triangles, or fingers for easy serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Gentlemen's Morsels as an appetizer at your next cocktail party or gathering. Pair with a crisp white wine or champagne for a sophisticated touch.

Cooking Techniques

Trimming the crusts off the sandwiches and cutting them into small, bite-sized pieces helps to create a more elegant and refined presentation.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have wholemeal bread, you can use white bread or a different type of whole grain bread.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the sandwiches ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Just be sure to cover them tightly to prevent them from drying out.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the sandwiches on a decorative platter and garnish with fresh herbs or edible flowers for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Gentlemen's Morsels pair well with a variety of beverages, including white wine, champagne, or a classic cocktail like a gin and tonic.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover sandwiches in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for a few minutes until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Gentlemen's Morsels contains approximately 120 calories.


Each serving of Gentlemen's Morsels contains approximately 12 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Gentlemen's Morsels contains approximately 5 grams of fat.


Each serving of Gentlemen's Morsels contains approximately 6 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Gentlemen's Morsels are a good source of iron and vitamin B12.


Gentlemen's Morsels contain wheat and may contain traces of soy.


Gentlemen's Morsels are a delicious and satisfying appetizer that is relatively low in calories and high in protein.


Gentlemen's Morsels are a timeless and sophisticated appetizer that is easy to make and sure to impress your guests. With a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors, these small sandwiches are a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.

How did I get this recipe?

I vividly recall the moment I first laid eyes on this recipe for Gentlemen's Morsels. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Margaret for afternoon tea. Margaret was always known for her exquisite taste in food, and she had prepared a spread of delectable treats for our gathering.

As we sipped on our tea and chatted about the latest gossip in town, Margaret suddenly excused herself from the table and disappeared into the kitchen. Moments later, she emerged with a platter of the most enticing little morsels I had ever seen. They were small, bite-sized pastries filled with a savory mixture of cheese, herbs, and spices. Margaret called them Gentlemen's Morsels, and she explained that they were a favorite among her male guests.

I was immediately intrigued by the recipe and begged Margaret to share it with me. She laughed and agreed, handing me a worn piece of parchment with the ingredients and instructions neatly written out in her elegant script. I thanked her profusely and promised to try making the morsels at home.

That evening, I set to work in my own kitchen, carefully following Margaret's instructions. I mixed together flour, butter, and cheese to create a rich dough, then added in a blend of herbs and spices for flavor. I rolled out the dough and cut it into small circles, filling each one with the savory cheese mixture before sealing them shut and baking them in the oven.

As the morsels baked, a mouthwatering aroma filled my kitchen, and I could hardly contain my excitement. When they were finally done, I pulled them out of the oven and marveled at how golden and delicious they looked. I couldn't wait to taste them.

I took a bite of a warm morsel and was instantly transported to a world of flavor and satisfaction. The crispy pastry gave way to a creamy, cheesy center bursting with herbs and spices. It was a perfect balance of savory and indulgent, and I knew I had stumbled upon a truly special recipe.

From that day on, Gentlemen's Morsels became a staple in my cooking repertoire. I would make them for family gatherings, dinner parties, and even just as a special treat for myself. Each time I served them, they were met with rave reviews and requests for the recipe.

Over the years, I continued to refine and perfect the recipe, adding my own personal touches and variations to make it truly my own. I shared it with friends and family, who all agreed that it was a dish worthy of any fine dining establishment.

As I grew older, I found comfort and joy in cooking for my loved ones, passing on the recipes and traditions that had been handed down to me. And every time I made a batch of Gentlemen's Morsels, I would think back to that fateful day at Margaret's house and be grateful for the gift of culinary inspiration.

So, if you ever find yourself in need of a crowd-pleasing appetizer or a special treat for a loved one, look no further than Gentlemen's Morsels. I guarantee they will become a beloved favorite in your own kitchen, just as they have in mine. Enjoy!


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