As I gathered my ingredients, I wondered if there were any way to spice it up. A quick google search yielded the recipe below and I realized something mind blowing: I've been making the boring version my whole life! What I usually do is spread some cream cheese on the bread, slap on thinly sliced cucumbers and voila: Cucumber sandwich. Right? Oh no. This "Best Cucumber Sandwich" recipe is much more fabulous than that. I was already in love with my plain version, but this! This is a cuke sandwich symphony! I love to have hot tea around 3PM every day and this sandwich with tea is a perfect combo.
Here's the recipe as I found it along with my photos:
Best Cucumber Sandwiches
1 medium cucumber
1/2 cp. cider vinegar
1 cup water
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (lite is good)
1/4 cp. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion salt
1 loaf sliced, firm-textured bread
garnish-thinly sliced pimento-stuffed green olives or paprika
Score cucumber lengthwise with fork (for looks) and slice thin.
In medium bowl, combine vinegar and water, add cucumber slices; let stand at room temp. at
least 30 min.
Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, mayo, garlic powder,
onion salt and Worcestershire.
Cut bread slices into rounds
(or any shape you want, with a cookie cutter) and spread with cream cheese mixture. Top each with a slice of cucumber.
Shortly before serving
top with olive slice or paprika, or both.
Makes about 48 round tea sandwiches.
You can also add a little dab of cream cheese/mayo and top with a baby shrimp.
Note: To make these the night before, cover with SLIGHTLY damp paper towels, then
cover the whole plate with foil. Keep in fridge and they'll be just great.
Yum! You can see I didn't have the heart to waste the crusts. Baby Boy and I liked them just fine.
He got to chomp on the pretty one for the first photos.
Even after making all those sandwiches, I had one layer of cucumber slices left. So, I wrapped this plate in foil, as is and placed it in the fridge for tomorrow.
I don't think I can go back to my plain old cucumber sandwiches after this!
Have you found a twist on an old favorite?