Cucumber and Butter Tea Sandwiches

By • July 25, 2009 • 19 Comments


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Author Notes: I'm not one of those people who spend five minutes shellacking a layer of butter as thin as parchment on each slice of bread, working the knife back and forth like a bricklayer with his trowel until the butter is perfectly even. No, I'm a slatherer. Always have been. I'm not happy until I can no longer see the surface of the bread beneath its creamy cap of butter. I recommend you seek out some Organic Valley butter and make some of these delicate little sandwiches yourself.Merrill Stubbs

Makes 1

  • 1 English (seedless) cucumber
  • 2 slices white or wheat sandwich bread (preferably Pepperidge Farm Very Thin)
  • good quality salted butter, at room temperature
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Peel the cucumber and cut 8 thin rounds. Spread one side of a slice of bread with about 1 teaspoon of butter and arrange the cucumber in overlapping rows over the butter. Sprinkle the cucumber with salt and pepper to taste. Butter the second slice of bread and make a sandwich. Slice off the crusts and cut the sandwich into 3 equal rectangles. Eat, accompanied by a glass of homemade iced tea or white wine.

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almost 3 years ago Yorkshire lass

Forget the knife and use your cheese slicer to slice the cucumber. It makes it waferthin - perfect. These should dfinitely be eaten with a nice cuppa tea, preferably Yorkhire tea!

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almost 3 years ago Yorkshire lass

Forget the knife and use your cheese slicer to slice the cucumber. It makes it waferthin - perfect. These should dfinitely be eaten with a nice cuppa tea, preferably Yorkhire tea!

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almost 3 years ago donniejayne

My mother being English, cucumber sandwiches were a mainstay in our home, in college they were a constant, cheap, tasty and it wasn't Ramen soup!

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almost 3 years ago michele.deal1

FAt free cream cheese instead of butter and sprinkle with dill weed! Serve on party rye for an elegant snack.

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almost 3 years ago michele.deal1

Fat Free. cream cheese instead of butter and sprinkle with dill weed! Make on party rye slices open face for an elegant snack.

Merrill

almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Cream cheese and cucumbers -- another match made in heaven!

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almost 3 years ago Tropicalmom

I make (like my mom & grandma did) the delish cucumber & onion salad too, but I never thought of putting it on bread! Sounds great! Now I'm thinking, add it to a sub...mmmm....

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almost 3 years ago Just good eats

I have and still do make cucumbers and onions in salt, vinegar and honey seasoned with salt and pepper and keep them in the ref. all summer. We make sandwiches with seven grain bread and the cucumbers and onions all summer long. Messy but oh so good.

Merrill

almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Yum.

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almost 3 years ago treasurehunter

substitute peanut butter for the butter. the flavor contrast is delightful.

Merrill

almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

What an interesting idea! I'll have to try it.

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almost 3 years ago Geopazz

Slice Cucumber 1/4 inch slices Toast some white bread slap some helmans mayo and a dash of pepper on it

Merrill

almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Always a good way to go.

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almost 3 years ago larry Hamby

Great recipe! Cucumber sandwiches have a reputation of being wimpy and only for ladies teas,

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

I like them with good Mayo (Dukes or homemade) and a sprinkling of Madras curry powder.

Larry Hamby

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almost 3 years ago ColdFrisian

Try flavouring the butter with lemon juice and zest. Delish!

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

sheer bliss to chomp on one of these! mainstay snack for recess time at school!

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almost 3 years ago NotesOnDinner

What about a cup of real darjeeling in a bone chine cup with a dash of milk?! English breakfast would be ok too I suppose.

Merrill

almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Indeed!

Phoenix

almost 3 years ago Phoenix Helix

Very cool photo!