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Get Creative with Cucumber Sandwiches

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Get Creative with Cucumber Sandwiches

A Reinvented Classic for Any Occasion

Ah, the humble cucumber sandwich – a quintessential afternoon tea treat that’s been around since the 1800s. But let me tell you, I’m about to take this classic finger food and give it a modern, Mediterranean-inspired twist that’s going to have your taste buds dancing.

You see, I’ve never been one for fussy, high-brow recipes. My cooking style is all about taking simple, everyday ingredients and turning them into something truly crave-worthy. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do with these cucumber sandwiches. No more boring, soggy affairs – this version is all about bold flavors, crisp textures, and a healthy dose of culinary creativity.

Elevating the Everyday

So, where do we start? Well, the key to a truly standout cucumber sandwich lies in the spread. Instead of the usual suspects like cream cheese or mayo, I’m reaching for a tangy, creamy ingredient that’s a Mediterranean superstar: labneh. This strained yogurt cheese is the perfect base for our flavor-packed filling.

But I’m not stopping there. I’m amping up the herbal notes with a generous helping of fresh dill, basil, and parsley. A drizzle of peppery Spanish extra virgin olive oil adds a luxurious richness that takes this spread to new heights.

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show – the cucumber itself. I’m reaching for the long, slender English variety, which means no peeling necessary. Just a quick slice on the mandoline and we’re good to go. And to keep things extra crisp, I’m salting the cucumbers to draw out any excess moisture.

An Elegant Gathering

These cucumber sandwiches aren’t just for your standard afternoon tea, though. Oh no, my friends – these little bites of heaven are the perfect addition to any elegant gathering, from bridal showers to baby celebrations.

Imagine setting out a platter of these delicate sandwiches, their vibrant green slices peeking out from the soft white bread. It’s a sight that’s sure to impress your guests and have them reaching for seconds (or thirds!).

And the best part? These bad boys come together in a snap. Just 15 minutes from start to finish, and you’ve got a tray of finger-licking-good cucumber sandwiches that’ll have everyone singing your praises.

A Versatile Delight

But let’s not pigeonhole these sandwiches into just being party fare. Oh no, they make for a delightful lunch or light snack any day of the week. Pair them with a fresh gazpacho for a cooling, Mediterranean-inspired meal, or enjoy them on their own for a crisp, refreshing bite.

The possibilities are endless, my friends. So, what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and let’s get creative with these cucumber sandwiches!

Cucumber Sandwiches with Herbed Labneh

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup labneh (or Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 16 slices soft white sandwich bread, crusts removed

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the labneh, dill, basil, parsley, olive oil, and salt. Mix well until fully incorporated.
  2. Arrange the cucumber slices in a single layer on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let sit for 10 minutes to draw out excess moisture.
  3. Spread the herbed labneh mixture evenly on one side of each bread slice.
  4. Layer the cucumber slices on 8 of the bread slices, then top with the remaining 8 slices to create the sandwiches.
  5. Cut each sandwich diagonally into 2 triangles or squares.
  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1-3 hours before serving.

Enjoy these elevated, flavor-packed cucumber sandwiches at your next gathering or as a light, refreshing snack. The possibilities are endless!

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