I recently had the absolute honor of throwing a dear friend of mine a baby shower. I decided on an afternoon tea theme and of course got to work on planning the menu as quickly as possible. I knew I had to have a vegetarian option and what better tea sandwich than a classic Cucumber Sandwich?
To help speed the process along, I used my food processor slicing attachment to help ensure the cucumbers were evenly cut and very thin. I also used a hand mixer to help mix the cream cheese and mayonnaise together quickly. The fresh dill and chives along with a hint of garlic help make these cucumber sandwiches stand out – so do not skip the herbs or garlic!
I recommend only making these sandwiches up to 4 hours in advance to avoid sogginess. By spreading the top and bottom bread slice with the cream cheese mixture, you can help delay the sogginess as long as the cucumbers are not touching the bread. You can make up the cream cheese mixture ahead and also slice the cucumbers and then just assemble once you are ready, or close to ready to enjoy. Feel free to cut into small squares – as small as 6, or even enjoy an entire sandwich on your own – I totally did as I made up a double batch for my tea party. No matter what size you decide, you cannot go wrong. 🙂
Cucumber SandwichesDifficulty: Easy
Cucumber Sandwiches are most well-known for their appearance at tea parties, but these little delights are great no matter what the occasion -party or not. The fresh herbs and garlic in this recipe helps elevate the cucumber sandwich and will become a quick lunch or snack staple for you in no time!
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives
2 teaspoons fresh dill
1 large English cucumber, thinly sliced
8 slices white bread, crusts removed
- Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise with a hand mixer in a small bowl until smooth. Gently fold in garlic powder, chives, and dill until mixed evenly.
- Spread the bread slices with the cream cheese mixture. Top 4 bread slices with cucumbers, barely overlapping. Add a pinch of salt and pepper over the cucumbers, to taste.
- Place the remaining bread slices that are not topped with cucumbers on top of the cucumber covered slices. Cut to desired size, as small as 6 squares. Serve immediately or chill up to 4 hours.