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Cucumber sandwiches on a white plate with a teacup

Easy Cucumber Sandwiches


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 small triangles 1x

Description

This easy cucumber sandwich recipe is a dainty appetizer to serve at an English tea party, Easter brunch or bridal shower.  Thinly sliced cucumbers, cream cheese, and fresh dill fill these fancy triangle sandwiches to make the perfect finger food at your next ladies’ party.


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Ingredients

  • 12 slices of soft white bread
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 medium lemon)
  • white pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel the English cucumber, then very thinly slice it into rounds.  Put the slices on paper towel, lightly salt, and wait 20 minutes.  This will draw out some of the liquid, make the cucumbers firmer, and bring out the delicate flavor of the cucumber.  When the timer goes off, blot the cucumbers to take off excess moisture and salt.
  2. Wash and pat dry the fresh dill.  Chop it up and place it in a bowl along with the softened cream cheese.  Stir with a spoon until well combined.
  3. Lay 12 slices of bread on a large cutting board.  Lightly butter half of them with unsalted butter since there will be enough salt in the cucumber rounds.  Spread the cream cheese with dill on 6 slices of bread.
  4. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into a small bowl, then quickly dip the cucumber slices into the lemon juice one at a time.  Carefully place ten or twelve overlapping cucumber rounds in two rows on top of the slice with the cream cheese.  Sprinkle with white pepper.
  5. Place the other bread slice on top of the sandwich.  Using your hand, press down on the bread as you cut the crusts off, then slice the sandwiches into fingers, squares, or triangles.  For the picture, I cut each sandwich into four triangles.
  6. Serve immediately for best freshness.

Notes

  • Salting the cucumbers helps draw out some of the liquid.  This makes them firmer and less slimy.
  • Dunk the salted cucumber in white wine vinegar or lemon juice for a burst of acidity.
  • Good quality, lightly salted butter, not only tastes better, it will help make a seal between the filling and the bread.
  • Help the cucumbers from sliding around when cut by letting them rest first.
  • Use a serrated knife when cutting off the crusts.  Keep crusts for a snack or croutons.
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Chopped
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: Ladies tea, bridal shower, baby shower

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