I made these sandwiches for a tea party my mom and I hosted for the ladies in my family clear back around Valentine's day, but am now just getting around to posting the recipe. And this is not a recipe to be missed!
The simplicity of these sandwiches may cause some to scoff, but let me tell you, there is something wonderful and fresh about these little sandwiches. Elegant looking (perfect for a tea party) but quick and simple (perfect for a mid-afternoon snack on a warm day).
To make these, first spread a generous amount of cream cheese onto slices of bread. I used plain and thought it was delicious, although if you wanted to add complexity to the flavor, I'm sure a veggie cream chese would also be good (however, it would probably overpower the cucumber). Also, white bread is probably more traditional, but like pretty much everything else I do, I just used whole wheat. :)
Next prepare the cucumber. To do this, I used a sharp vegetable peeler (I have two--the common, everyday one, and the really nice sharp one. Only the nice one worked well for this). Then use this peeler to not only peel but slice through the cucumber. Once I got to the seeds, the peeler stopped working so well and the seeded middle portion was discarded (and munched on). :) For this reason, english cucumbers work better because they tend to have more meat and less seeds.
Lay your thin slices of cucumber on top of the cream-cheesed bread, overlapping the slices as you go.
Trim off the edges and slice the sandwiches to your desired shape. I debated about cutting them into strips or using cookie cutters to make shapes, but in the end I decided to go with simple triangles.
Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper, garnish with some mint, and voila! Elegant, simple, delish little snack sandwiches. :)
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