Simple Open-Faced Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
For the herbed cream cheese spread
- 8 Ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 Cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 Cup chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, cilantro, parsley, and/or basil
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
For the sandwiches
- 3-5 cucumbers, preferably English or Persian, sliced
- 1 loaf French bread, sliced
For the herbed cream cheese spread
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until combined. (An electric mixer will create a light, fluffy dip, and mixing by hand will create a denser mixture, but both are delicious.)
For the sandwiches
Use flower-shaped cookie cutters (or other fun shape) to cut the cucumber slices. Spread the herbed cream cheese on the bread and top with the cucumber slices.
Calories Per Serving160
Folate equivalent (total)52µg13%
Finger sandwiches, or tea sandwiches, are small, savory bites served as the first course at a tea party. They are usually small and daintier than the average sandwich &ndash just one or two bites.
These tiny bite tea party sandwiches can be made out of nearly anything savory, but the most popular fillings are:
- Cream cheese
- Smoked Salmon
- Roast Beef
The bottom tier of a tiered tea party tray always boasts a selection of savory bites and finger sandwiches. Here are some tried and true choices for your next afternoon tea party menu.
Cucumber Sandwiches Recipe
Cucumber sandwiches also called tea sandwiches are traditionally made with buttered white crustless bread but there are many variations where the bread is spread with cream cheese, mayonnaise, herbs, and spices. This recipe is one of the modern variants which use cream cheese but feel free to omit the cream cheese.
Cucumbers are high in water content and if not done right the sandwiches may be soggy. The butter or cream cheese spread prevents the bread from getting wet with moisture from the cucumber slices so make sure to coat the bread all the way to the edges.
This recipe is made with 8 loaves of bread and makes 16 finger sandwiches but you can double or triple the recipe to get your required serving size.
Can I make cucumber sandwiches ahead of time?
When you’re hosting a tea party (or any event), you want to have as much prepped before the day of the party as you possibly can. So naturally, you’ll wonder if cucumber sandwiches even can be made a day before your event.
I do not recommend making these more than a couple of hours before you’ll be serving them. You can definitely make the cream cheese filling and slice the cucumbers the day before. But once the sandwiches are assembled, the chance of them getting soggy increases with each hour.
That being said, I have made this easy cucumber sandwiches recipe – assembled and all—about 12 hours before a party and it’s been fine. I had a triangle here or there that I didn’t put out because it had started to get soggy, but most of them were actually ok. So yes, you can make them ahead of time, but be prepared for losses. If you want to ensure that you can actually use all of your cucumber sandwiches, don’t make them more than a couple of hours ahead of time.
So are you making this easy cucumber sandwiches recipe for a tea party or just for the fun of eating cucumber sandwiches? Or both, haha! Let me know in the comments!
Easy Open Face Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Like an open faced tea sandwich, these cucumber ranch bread bites are a great appetizer especially in the spring and summer. Fresh, simple and great for making a bit ahead!
Cucumber ranch bread is a fun spring or summer appetizer. It would also make a great light lunch.
They are perfect for serving an bridal or baby showers or would be fun at a tea party as well! They only take a few ingredients and almost no effort to make.
This cracks me up every time I think about it! It was started 9? years ago. That seems crazy that is has been that long!
I was living in Springfield at the time and I wasn&rsquot planning to come home for Easter that year. So, I spent the weekend with my friend Tisha and her cute little baby Mason (who is now almost as tall as me!)
We went out the night before Easter and there was this whole thing. I won&rsquot go into the details, but it still makes me laugh.
I&rsquoll just leave it at we didn&rsquot get much sleep and we weren&rsquot looking or feeling our finest on Easter morning. It was the perfect way to meet a family full of strangers!
We were meeting our &ldquoSpringfield mom&rdquo and her in-laws to spend the day. We got there and she had a tray of this cucumber bread.
Tish and I about polished it off! We have made it regularly since. Whenever Tish came to one of my BBQs, this is what she brought. It brings back a lot of good (and some really funny) memories!
Luckily this recipe is super easy to make. So whipping it up at a moment&rsquos notice isn&rsquot a problem, plus it is a great way to use some cucumbers which tend to come on in droves in our garden.
I have made this on several different types of bread. Baguettes work great for smaller cucumbers or halved cucumber slices as you can see above. These work especially well for appetizers.
Italian bread works well also. Depending on the loaf you may be able to fit one or two slices of cucumber on each piece of bread.
The ranch spread is just a few ingredients. The recipe includes mayo which makes it extra creamy and delicious.
Sometimes I forget to add it or don&rsquot have it on hand and it is still good without. Just mix in the ranch seasoning and you are good to go!
I tend to do the cucumber slices different each time too. Sometimes I peal the cucumbers. Sometimes I peel part of them. Sometimes I don&rsquot bother to peel it at all.Do whatever your mood and preferences dictate!
You can make these ahead of time, just cover and chill them until you are ready to serve. They are good slightly chilled, but I prefer them at room temperature. So just pull them out a few minutes before you are ready to enjoy!
You may also like strawberry bruschetta, a sweet and savory springtime treat, or Egyptian feta spread which is perfect with soft pita bread. I also highly recommend the havarti cheese ball!
Mini Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
If I had a home with a large garden, I’d have garden parties and serve these Mini Cucumber Tea Sandwiches at every single one! Instead, I just make them whenever I’m in the mood. It just so happens that the mood always hits me come Spring!
I just love how light and fresh they are. Cucumber is one of those flavors that just defines “fresh.” Add in fresh herbs and garlic and these little tea sandwiches are irresistible!
If you don’t regularly throw garden parties either, these cute little bites are also perfect at birthdays, showers, Easter, and just anytime finger food is called for! It doesn’t hurt that they are super simple to make.
This recipe is yet another “quick and easy” one for ya! If you’re looking for a low carb and/or gluten free option, check out my recipe for Low Carb Mini Cucumber Bites!
Mini Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
You will want to set your cream cheese out ahead of time so that it can come to room temperature before you begin.
Slice the cucumber into ten 1/4-inch slices, then in half.
Mince the chives, basil. parsley, and garlic.
In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, minced herbs, and garlic. Smash everything together with a fork until it’s all well combined. Set aside.
Slice the crust off of the slices of bread so that you have perfect squares. Then, cut the squares into quarters so that you have 4 equal pieces from each slice of bread.
Spread the cream cheese mixture onto each of the slices of bread.
Add a piece of cucumber, and top with another slice of bread.
You can keep tea sandwiches simple, or get pretty creative. You can add fancy toothpicks to each once, or use cookie cutters to cut the bread into different shapes.
I usually keep them simple, but then again, I’m usually just making them for myself – ha!
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Pro Advice On Making Ahead Tea Sandwiches
A recent reader asked for advice on making finger sandwiches ahead of an event or tea party. Here is some excellent advice from two pros:
Egg salad &ndash make one day ahead, cover tightly and refrigerate.
Chicken salad or tuna salad &ndash make two days ahead, cover tightly, and refrigerate
Smoked salmon with crème fraiche, or else plain yogurt mixed with a little sour cream and dill.
&ldquoYou can freeze packaged smoked salmon ahead, defrost in the refrigerator the night before, and cut into smaller slices for sandwiches on the day of the event.&rdquo
&ldquoThe Crème Fraiche can be made ahead or purchased a few days before. The yogurt/sour cream mixture could be made the day before, cover tightly, and refrigerated. You may need to drain some water off the top on the day of the event.&rdquo
Cucumber sandwiches &ndash the best way to make cucumber finger sandwiches ahead of an event is to slice the cucumbers the day before.
&ldquoCucumbers contain a lot of water, so line a baking sheet with paper towels or a not-fuzzy dishcloth. Lay out the sliced cucumbers in a single layer on the sheet.&rdquo
If you fill up the sheet, add another layer of paper towels or a dish towel, then continue laying out cucumbers. Cover the final layer with a paper towel or dish towel. Refrigerate the tray and keep very cold so that the cucumbers don&rsquot wilt. Assemble the finger sandwiches the day of the event.
4 to 5 Days Before the Event:
&ldquoWe occasionally did finger sandwiches for my 30 year catering company. Fillings were all made ahead (mushroom duxelles, curried egg salad, salmon mousse, no cucumber).&rdquo
1 Day Before the Event:
&ldquoOne day before, the sandwiches were made and cut and layered with damp doubled paper towels in a fish bin (or on a sheet pan, and then saran wrapped) and refrigerated.&rdquo
Storage for Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches:
&ldquoThe amount of filling is pretty mniscule so soggy bread was never an issue, and drying out was not an issue because of the paper towels and containers.&rdquo
Preferred Bread for Finger Sandwiches:
&ldquoWe preferred to use Pepperidge Farm thin sliced white and Pepperidge Farm thin sliced wheat. You can cut the sandwiches into 4 triangles or 3 bars- for variety.&rdquo
Open face cucumber tea sandwiches
It never fails&ndashthere&rsquos always a wedding shower, a baby shower a fancy-schmancy birthday party to prep for, or just a day when you need an appetizer and get stuck coming up with something. Well, fear not&ndashyou&rsquore covered with these open face cucumber tea sandwiches that are the perfect go-to when you need a good way to fill your finger food table without working like a nut.
There used to a bed and breakfast in Perryville, Kentucky that had the best high tea. It&rsquos a Southern thing I guess&hellipbut my mama would take me when I was a kid and they served the cutest tier of finger foods with the nastiest tea I&rsquove ever drank.
I hate tea. It&rsquos true. I may not be Southern after all&hellip
But I loved the cucumber sandwiches.
You can put another circle of bread on top of these if you want to, but open face cucumber tea sandwiches are an easy way to just pop a little snack in your mouth and keep going.
This recipe may be a little different than your traditional since most cucumber tea sandwiches have an actual slice of cucumber on them&ndashin this case it&rsquos shredded on a box grater and mixed in with the cream cheese. But you could certainly do thin, whole slices of cucumber and just top them with a little drop of the cheese. It works. We&rsquore flexible around here&ndashyou know that by now.
And to completely contradict what I just said about being flexible, it&rsquos not very often that I tell you that you have to use an ingredient but in this case, please for the love of Pete try not to skip the seasoned salt. No, I don&rsquot really know what&rsquos in it, but it has to be here if you want these to have the right flavor pop and not just be cream cheese, mayo and white bread&hellipAKA NO FLAVOR.
How to cook Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
- Place cream cheese or cream cheese and mayonnaise (depending on which spread you're making) in a bowl stir with a spoon or fork until creamy and free of lumps.
- Add any seasoning/non-vegetable ingredients stir until well combined.
- Fold in any vegetable ingredients.
- Chill cream cheese mixture for about 2 hours
to allow flavors to meld.
- Remove spread(s) from refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to assembling sandwiches to allow it to soften and become easily spreadable.
- If using Lemony Dill Spread or Chunky Cucumber Spread, thinly slice the English cucumber with a very sharp knife or mandolin.
- TO MAKE OPEN-FACED TEA SANDWICHES: Spread a thin layer of spread on each slice of bread and arrange cucumber slices decoratively on top. Trim away bread crusts with a serrated knife then cut sandwiches into desired shapes <2 triangles or 3 fingers>.
- TO MAKE CLOSED TEA SANDWICHES: Spread a thin layer of spread on each slice of bread and arrange cucumber slices decoratively on top. Place an additional piece of bread on top of cucumbers. Trim away bread crusts with a serrated knife then cut sandwiches into fourths.
- TO MAKE TRIPLE-DECKER TEA SANDWICHES: Spread a layer of spread on a slice of bread. Place an additional piece of bread on top. Repeat layers, making a sandwich stack that includes a total of 3 slices of bread. Trim away bread crusts with a serrated knife then cut sandwich stacks into fourths. (For an extra-pretty effect, I like to use 2 pieces of white bread on the top and bottom with a piece of wheat bread in the middle.)
- Garnish tops with a small sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley or fresh dill.
- Serve immediately. Or, layer in an airtight container with waxed paper between each layer and on top of the top layer. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Ideally, cucumber tea sandwiches should be served immediately or within about 2 to 3 hours of having been assembled.
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Definitely pinning this. Makes me want to host a proper tea!
I love these delicate little sandwiches! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!"
These little Tea Sandwiches are just perfect for afternoon tea or a luncheon, I love them! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
I love to entertain my friends! A good pot of herbal tea an these little sandwitches are always special. For ladies only! most men wouldn't appreciate it :-)
This is such a great guide to making awesome cucumber tea sandwiches! I might of missed it, but how much does each recipe yield? I'm planning on making the Chunky Cucumber spread and the Vegetable spread ones for a baby shower and theres going to be around 25 people there. Thinking of making around 10 of each.
These are perfect snacks for picnics. Going to try them on weekend. Hope kids will like it.
You might have said but I couldn't find it. The vegetable spread recipe. How many tea sandwiches does that make? I'm sure I'll need to double it for the event I'm helping with, I just don't want to have to run back and forth to the store.
Love all three of these recipes, Tracey! You are so right about cucumber sandwiches - done properly they are amazing, but it's easy for them to be ordinary if you don't use the right ingredients. All of these look amazing, perfect for afternoon tea! I particularly like the vegetable spread. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul.
I think these are perfect breakfast for my little princes. Love all of these recipes. Going to try all of these one by one! I'll also share some of pics!
Oh, I love how cute they are. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon!
I plan on making the vegetable spread sandwich. Do you need to use slice cucumbers also or only the spread. Just clarifying. Do you know how many sandwiches this recipe will make. I have a baby shower coming up this week - getting ready!
No, you don't need to use sliced cucumbers, too, in the vegetable spread sandwiches . the vegetable spread contains the cucumbers in it, and is "enough" for the tea sandwiches. Hope the baby shower went great!!
Tracey, they all sound delightful! But I would choose the first because it has no garlic. Or I'd leave the garlic out of the other two. I'm allergic to garlic and know several other people who are too. I love the look of the open-face sandwiches but I always make closed ones that I can stack. Afternoon tea is my favorite meal, and cucumber is my favorite tea sandwich.
Hi! Are there any tips for preventing soggyness? I know cucumbers are mostly water so want to prevent wet sandwiches! Thanks!
The perfect little sandwich. Cool and refreshing!
I love cucumbers in pretty much any form, and the dill and cream cheese pushes these over the top. I think that I have a new favorite summer recipe! Thank you for sharing at Friday Frenzy.
i like Cucumber Tea Sandwiche,it was great and delicious.thank you the post.
I like your recipes but nix the garlic. Traditional tea sandwiches never had it. No need to put it in everything. Some people don't like it in any food. I love it but hubby hates it and he can tell if there is the most minute amount. A sandwich implies filling between two pieces of bread. Open face "sandwiches" as you call them are actually called canape. I like how you construct the sandwiches and canape. However, canape should be made bite size since there is not the extra piece of bread to hold the rest of the filling in. Fillings for tea sandwiches should be rather thin such as yours so the guest is not shamed by dropping filling on themselves and their nice clothes or on the floor. Your recipes are indicative of gracious living. You obviously take pains in preventing your guests from becoming embarrassed by awkward moments. I come from a long line of tea sandwich makers and I hope my words help you along.
Best of luck,
Lady Hayhead of Hertfordshire
Simple English Tea Party Sandwiches (Three Recipes!)
I can’t get my recent Notting Hill tea party experience out of my head. Matter of fact, every night I’m like, “Aaron, let’s watch Notting Hill! I need to be transported back.” And he’s like, “Let’s seeee, do I feel like swimming into a boat motor today.”
(I’ll let you take a guess if we’ve watched it or not.)
You know, tea is great and all, but it’s the SAMS that blow the party out of the water. I mean tea. Out of the tea kettle. Delicate, crustless sticks of munchy afternoon bliss. I can agree with this.
Inspired by my short stint in London, I made you three VERY simple tea party sandwich recipes. All based on what we had in sweet Caroline’s (ba ba baaa) flat a few weeks ago. We also made scones and shortbread, but since my baking skills are that similar to a drunk Muppet’s, I’ll stick to the savory sammies.
Oh guess what! I learned that the English butter the INSIDES of their bread to keep the filling moist. Sorry for saying moist. So I mixed a teeny bit of fresh dill and salt with some some softened butter, layered some English cucumber slices, and called her good. And she was good. And great. And great and good.
Egg salad! This one is up there for me. There’s something about (Mary?) chopped up hard-boiled eggs mixed with a tiny bit of mayo, a teeeensy bit of pickle juice, a baby pinch of celery salt, and freshly ground pepper that’s like ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
You can go crazy with the egg chopping, if a creamier salad is your bag, or leave it chunkier with a bit more texture if you’re into happy things in life.
I like mine chunky. A bit of oomph! DEPTH. BOWELS OF THE EARTH.
I’m . . . I’m not entirely sure what I’m talking about anymore.
Smoked salmon! Can’t have a tea party without some vibrant layers of cool smoked salmon.
Get how simple this recipe is – rye bread, cream cheese, smoked salmon, dill for garnish, the end. And it’s INCREDIBLE. And I ate 18 sandwiches. And never been happier.
Now for the teaaaaaa, just brew what you dig! I brought back some intense, almost-floral Earl Grey straight from London’s historical Borough Market. Earl Grey is Aaron’s favorite tea, so mama did gud. (<–sorry about the last part of that sentence.)
I also had some English Breakfast tea bags from London, so we had a nice lil’ mix, mate! (<–this is getting worse, isn’t it?)
I think I might need to have a tea party every single day for the rest of ever if it involves smoked salmon and egg salad and cucumbers. You bloody in?
Let’s play a little game called, “Find the iPhone Ghost People.”