One of my favorite things to serve for showers or lunches are cucumber tea sandwiches. A definite classic little nibble that sure does disappear fast.
I remember growing up and watching Mother make cucumber tea sandwiches for various events, especially showers. I was always so impressed that in just a few minutes she had a beautiful tray of these sandwiches for her parties. I always loved the few extras she made for my sister and me to test to make sure they were just perfect.
They are such a great balance of cool, crisp cucumber with a smooth spread on top of a thin piece of bread with just the perfect amount of flair for a party. It’s no wonder they were always one of the first things to disappear. Mother would sometimes make them with breads like a pumpernickel or rye, but a good thin white bread has always been my favorite.
We always love to serve them as round open-faced bites so you can see the cucumber and so we get to include that pretty little dollop of cream cheese filling on the top with a sprig of dill. I think it’s just beautiful that way, but you can also make them by spreading one side of a piece of bread with your cream cheese filling, top with cucumbers and another piece of bread spread with filling. Then, cut away any crust on your bread and slice into four equal square bites or two lovely triangles for larger sandwiches. Just have fun with it and find your favorite way.
Here’s how you make them.
For more delicious dishes, see these other participants’ posts as part of Food Network’s Summer Fest.
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