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Cucumber Sandwiches

Updated June 08, 2016
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These traditional dainty sandwiches are an essential part of an English tea party. Step 1 can be completed 1 hour in advance, and the cucumber slices stored in the refrigerator.

Serves4

Preparation Time5 min

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Cocktail Party

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Hors D'oeuvre

Dietary ConsiderationHealthy, Vegetarian

MealBrunch, Lunch, Snack, Tea

Taste and TextureChewy, Crisp, Light

Type of DishSandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, lightly peeled
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 8 thinly sliced white or wheat bread
  • Softened butter, for spreading
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tiny watercress leaves, or microgreens, to garnish

Instructions

Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the cucumber into rounds, no thicker than 1/8 in (2mm). Place the cucumber slices in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Let stand for 20-30 minutes to allow the excess liquid to drain off. When ready to use, sprinkle the slices with the vinegar.

Spread each slice of bread with some softened butter. Arrange the cucumber slices in an even layer over 4 slices of bread. Season with pepper, then top with the remaining bread slices, buttered sides down.

Cut off the crusts from each sandwich, then cut each sandwich into squares, triangles, or rectangles. Arrange the sandwiches on a serving plate. Sprinkle with watercress, and serve at once.

Variation

Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches: As an alternative to butter, spread the bread with cream cheese or soft goat cheese.

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I make these as hors d'oeuvres with a little bit of a twist. Instead of bread I use bite sized crackers (like Melba Snacks) and substitute the butter with cream cheese. Then for the twist I add a thin slice of salami to the sandwich.

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