Why hello internet! welcome to my beginning of fall budposts, brought to you by..me. Tonight, I write to you in my purple pillowed bed, mesmerized by the final rays of the setting sun sneaking between my bedroom curtains. I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of my favorite, healthy appetizers; Cucumber Sandwiches or as I like to refer to them: Cucumbies.
The recipe has largely been inspired by a chef in my life who I admire immensely; someone who inherently knows how to make the taste buds of those who she loves, plunge into a state of delectation. In fact, you should admire her as much as I do; without her, your lives would not have been enriched by these loving little bites. I quickly learned that one simply just isn’t enough. So when you make them yourself, you should anticipate making several extra than your anticipated amount to fill those happy tums.
I once heard that the key to an idyllic cucumber sandwich is finding a balance between the cream cheese-to-cucumber-to-bread-ratio. And here I would like to share it with you. There are two ways to make the cream cheese spread (entirely preferential) in this recipe I’ve combined herb cream cheese and Boursin cheese. However, another recipe calls for one Hidden Valley Dry Ranch packet, 4 tbs of mayonnaise, and 8oz regular cream cheese. Either way, you will end up with a piquant, creamy mixture.
Some recipes call for a regular white bread however, I went a little wild with the type of bread and spiced my recipe up with pretzel bread, thinly sliced, and spirited with flavor. Cut out into circular or square bites (approx. 1in and a half in diameter). Peel and dice a fresh cucumber or two a few millimeters apart. Spread the cream cheese evenly across each piece of bread, top with a cucumber and seal with a few shakes of dill.
These miniature treats are surely bite size- still crisp and flavorful, fresh and lively. They exude the perfect ratio of cream cheese-to-cucumber-to-bread-balance. Not to mention they are a quaint little appetizer; cute as a button!
Dedicated to Mrs. B :)