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.
Preparation Time5 min
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionBuffet, Cocktail Party
Recipe CourseAppetizer, Hors D'oeuvre
Dietary ConsiderationHealthy, Vegetarian
MealBrunch, Lunch, Snack, Tea
Taste and TextureChewy, Crisp, Light
Type of DishSandwich
- 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
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.
Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches: As an alternative to butter, spread the bread with cream cheese or soft goat cheese.
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