Cucumber tea sandwiches make a classic appetizer when entertaining or for showers, brunches and parties.
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.
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
- 2 cucumbers
- 12 slices thin bread
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- pinch garlic powder
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped + sprigs for decoration
- Use a fork to remove strips of peeling from the cucumber.
- Slice cucumbers into thin round slices.
- Set aside on paper towels to drain.
- Cut bread into circle or simply remove crust and cut into four equal square pieces.
- Cream together cream cheese and mayonnaise.
- Add garlic powder, salt and dill.
- Spread one side of bread with cream cheese mixture.
- Top with cucumber slice.
- If serving open faced, then decorate with a bit of cream cheese mixture and sprig of dill.
- If serving closed, spread another piece of bread with spread and place on top of cucumber.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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You know I have never had a cucumber sandwich…I love that there is cream cheese in there, sounds yummy!
I bet going to a party hosted by you would be such fun! The lovely touches you add make such a difference. I think I’m going to have to make a vegan version of this for my next party!
Cucumber sandwiches always make me think of our ladies teas. It’s fun to get all dressed up and enjoy summer’s bounty! I have not seen this style of presentation before….very clever and appealing.
Perfect sandwich for a picnic! Gorgeous pictures
I’ve enjoyed making Cucumber Tea Sandwiches for showers and for Ladies Teas, but never open-faced like this. Beautiful, absolutely lovely! Thank you for the great idea!
i absolutely love cucumber sandwiches! they make a perfect summer snack too
These look so elegant! Love em 🙂
Cute idea! Our toddler is way into teatime, so I think I’ll try these for her.
In the meantime, I’d like to add an idea to cucumber week. It’s a recipe straight from The Food Network Magazine itself, and a good one: Chicken with Pickle Sauce
So darling! I’ve got cucumbers growing out my ears right now! I will certainly be making these little gems!
Mother made these and I loved them. They were served at my cousins wedding! Pinning recipe!