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Cucumber Sandwiches Recipe

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Course: Appetizer, Hors D'oeuvre
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Cucumber Sandwiches

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These traditional dainty sandwiches are an essential part of an English tea party.

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cucumber, lightly peeled
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 8 thinly sliced white or wheat bread
  • Softened butter, for spreading
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tiny watercress leaves, or microgreens, to garnish

Directions

Prepare ahead

Step 1 can be completed 1 hour in advance, and the cucumber slices stored in the refrigerator.

1. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the cucumber into rounds, no thicker than 1/8 in (2mm). Place the cucumber slices in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Let stand for 20-30 minutes to allow the excess liquid to drain off. When ready to use, sprinkle the slices with the vinegar.

2. Spread each slice of bread with some softened butter. Arrange the cucumber slices in an even layer over 4 slices of bread. Season with pepper, then top with the remaining bread slices, buttered sides down.

3. Cut off the crusts from each sandwich, then cut each sandwich into squares, triangles, or rectangles. Arrange the sandwiches on a serving plate. Sprinkle with watercress, and serve at once.

Variation

Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches

As an alternative to butter, spread the bread with cream cheese or soft goat cheese.


© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Editor's Note

Nutritional information includes 4 teaspoons of butter for spreading and using white bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

152kcal (8%)
74mg (7%)
2mg (4%)
36mcg RAE (1%)
153mg
19mg
4g
3g
10mg (3%)
3g (14%)
5g (8%)
1g
23g
565mg (24%)
2mg (10%)
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