Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tea Party: Cucumber Sandwiches

Hello ladies. Welcome to the tea party!

I don't know about you, but when I hear "tea party," the first thing I think about (even before tea) is cucumber sandwiches.

They're little. They're dainty. They're light. They're lovely.

A few notes:
  • cucumber sandwiches are supposed to be bread, butter, cucumbers, and maybe a little salt
  • cucumber sandwiches with the above ingredients taste bland but are perfect for tea
  • as much as I love being traditional, I have a hard time making bland
  • Ergo, my version isn't traditional
  • and I don't care
Now that that's settled, let's proceed.

Very simple. Bread, cucumbers, salt, sprouts (I used clover and radish), cream cheese.

Assemble, with a tomato rose, and voila...

... a dainty and elegant presentation.

You could, of course, use much more thinly sliced bread. And of course you could use flavored cream cheese (garden variety, anyone?). As it was, these were airy little clouds of crispy goodness. Not a flavor-filled punch packer, but a dainty accompaniment to tea.



Cheryle said...

Mmmm looks and sounds so fresh and yummy!  I have a bunch of little girls who love tea parties.  I'm enjoying reading about yours :)

Have you been to this site yet? http://www.facebook.com/teapartyideas?sk=app_112078882147346
Neatest tea party site.

Nicole said...

I love cucumber sandwiches! And I love your version. I may have to make myself cucumber sandwiches for lunch sometime.

Nadja said...

I have made that--sometimes with and sometimes without the cucumber--as a topping for toasted bagels.  Yum!

Rachel said...

Angele! This is absolutely delightful - and DELICIOUS - looking! If I ever find myself in the Great Northwest, could you muster up the energy to put on this type of production again???? ;)

Farmer's City Wife said...

No, I hadn't checked out that site yet. What a neat motherlode of ideas! :-D Thanks for sharing!

Farmer's City Wife said...

Oh yes :-D... they're wonderful and very light. The problem is, it's easy to eat more than 1 sandwich worth of these finger foods :).

Farmer's City Wife said...

Oh yum!! I NEED to make bagels now... gee thanks ;).

Farmer's City Wife said...

Um, of COURSE!!!

Jenn said...

Oh I look for ANY excuse to use cream cheese! It is brilliance in a little 8 oz block! I love your idea of a tea party (and of course, letting us all in on the action- and best of all- FOOD!!!).

Thanks for another lovely recipe! :)

Farmer's City Wife said...

Cream cheese is another of those versatile things... cake, dip, spread, brownies, sweet or savory. I love the stuff, too!

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