Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cucumber Sandwiches

This is the vegetarian sandwich I put together for the graduation open house. I think it would be wonderful for a tea party, too. This is just the basic recipe, one could do a lot with it.

Cucumber Sandwiches
  • 2 loaves mini French bread (baguettes would work well, too)
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • Seasoned rice vinegar (any vinegar would probably be fine)
  • Favorite herbs - I used dried dill and thyme
Thinly slice cucumber and place in a small bowl. Cover with vinegar and let set 30 to 60 minutes (30 is really all you need). Drain vinegar.

Mix together herbs (to taste) and cream cheese. If needed, add a little milk or cream to make it lighter. However, if the cream cheese is at room temperature, it should mix up just fine. I like the taste of the herbs to come through so I started with a half teaspoon of each and added a "pinch" until I got the flavor I wanted. You may want to add a pinch of salt.

Slice bread to desired thickness. I think mine was about 1/8th of an inch but I'd slice them a little thicker if they were to be more filling, as for a tea party. Spread cream cheese mixture on the bread and then top with two cucumbers.

Serve on your prettiest plate or serving platter.


Domestically Inclined said...

Oh yes, these are one of my favorite tea time treats in the summer!

Technonana said...

I remember when my mother and grandmother served these for different parties, and celebrations. I wondered if people still do... Thanks for the reminder!!