Cucumber Sandwich is a dainty snack or appetizer that can be prepared and served at any tea party, bridal shower or brunch. This classic cucumber sandwich is a favorite among children and adults alike and it is so easy to make! Served with tea and fresh fruit, these tasty sandwiches will be the star of any buffet.
These light sandwiches can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to several hours. They are a great addition to any summer picnic or BBQ.
The best bread to use for these is soft, fine-textured bread such as Pepperidge Farm Very Thin White or other pullman-style white bread. Avoid sourdough, rye or ciabatta bread which will be too heavy and overpower the delicate cucumbers.
To keep the sandwiches from becoming soggy, it is helpful to wick away some of the water in the cucumbers before assembling them. To do this, toss the sliced cucumbers in a bit of salt and allow them to rest for a few minutes. Then drain off the excess water, and pat the cucumbers dry with a paper towel. This will help them hold the cream cheese better and remain crispier in the sandwich.
For the spread, combine softened cream cheese with herbs such as chives or dill. You can also add flat leaf parsley or a sprinkle of garlic powder for extra flavor and a hint of spice. If you prefer, you can also use a tub of herbed cream cheese purchased from the store for ease.
Once the spread is made, layer one slice of the bread with a generous spoonful of labneh and then top with 6 to 8 cucumber slices. Next, layer the second piece of bread on top of the cucumbers, and press gently to stick them together. Finally, garnish with a few sprigs of fresh dill and serve!
These easy cucumber sandwiches are delicious served with a variety of other appetizers and drinks, such as Sparkling Strawberry Sangria or Mint and Lemon Verbena Iced Tea. A pitcher of fruity fruit punch or homemade lemonade is also a refreshing choice. Cucumber Sandwiches are a great appetizer for parties and are especially good at bridal or baby showers and tea parties.
If you’re looking for a healthier version, try substituting the labneh with feta cheese or another creamy, low-fat cheese such as goat cheese or ricotta cheese. They will still be just as delicious and light. To make this recipe gluten-free, use a GF-certified ricotta or feta cheese. If you don’t have any GF-certified feta or ricotta cheese on hand, replace it with an equal amount of plain strained yogurt. If you prefer to use canned herbed cream cheese instead, simply drain it well before using. This will remove most of the moisture that would otherwise cause the cucumbers to become soggy. The drained cheese will also be much thicker, and may require you to use less of it. Gurkensandwich