I have tried tons of appetizers, and this cucumber sandwich appetizer is still one of my favorites to serve. This recipe is easy to make, it is inexpensive, and it's quick to put together.
Plus, with the fresh cucumber slices, it's refreshing and looks pretty. What more could someone want from an appetizer?
Why I love serving these
These cucumber appetizers are perfect for so many different kinds of get-togethers! They are perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and brunches (especially Mother's day brunch). This is a nice two-bite appetizer that everyone loves. If serving a variety of appetizers, this Greek Seven Layer Dip and this traditional Bruschetta with Fresh Basil will hit the spot for both the eyes and the tastebuds.
Whenever a finger food appetizer is appropriate, these appetizer cucumber sandwiches get devoured. I've brought them to book club and seen them at bunko get-togethers. It doesn't need to be a fancy event. Everyone loves the flavor and the ease of eating them. Plus, aren't these little appetizer cucumber sandwiches pretty?
These cucumber appetizers let you enjoy the crisp crunch of the cucumbers with the taste of fresh herbs.
Don't you love these herbs as a garnish? Are you looking for other fresh tasting recipes? Try this asparagus salad with feta cheese, or this
Table of contents
Thinly Sliced English Cucumbers - they are also known as burpless cucumbers. You don't want to use regular cucumbers because of the seeds.
8 oz block Cream cheese (or Neuchâtel - low cal. cream cheese)
dry Ranch dressing (1 package or 2 Tablespoons if using bulk dry seasoning)
2 - 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
Small square pumpernickel bread (about 2 inches square - not all grocery stores have it - buy it ahead of time!).
Dill, fresh or dried, chives, or parsley (optional as garnish)
Seasoned Salt (about ½ teaspoon - optional as garnish)
Tips about English cucumbers
If you are using English cucumbers, I leave the skin on. English cucumbers are often called burpless cucumbers. They are the long skinny cucumbers usually covered in plastic wrap in the grocery store. The seeds are tiny, and the skin is tender.
If you cannot find English/burpless cucumbers, use regular cucumbers but make sure to peel them. It might be a good idea to let some of the moisture soak into a paper towel before using. I sometimes remove the seeds and place two or three cucumber sliced halves on the bread.
To make these sandwiches fancier, slice some of the cucumber's peel down the length.
Slice the cucumbers thin. Two or three thin slices are better than one thick one!
In a small bowl, stir about ⅔ of the ranch dressing package into the cream cheese (or two tablespoons if you have the bulk powdered Ranch dressing). Make sure it's well-mixed. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to blend the flavor if you have time.
Spread some of the cream cheese mixture on each pumpernickel slice. If you make these cucumber appetizers on bread, find the proper bread!
Toppings for cream cheese and cucumber appetizers
There are optional toppings that can be put onto the pumpernickel bread squares. I like to make them look pretty! I did this little platter to show you my favorite garnishes. Aren't they pretty?
Below, on the left, are just the tips of some chives. You don't need many to make a pretty presentation. Beside that is a small parsley leaf.
On the left, below, are some chopped chives. Chives taste like a mild onion if you aren't familiar with them. They are used more for garnish rather than flavor.
To the right is just a quick sprinkle of some seasoned salt. As you can see, it adds a little color and contrast.
My favorite garnish is a little sprig of fresh dill! That's the one below, on the right. It looks so pretty and is so flavorful! If you don't have fresh dill handy, I also use dried dill from my pantry. It's appropriate, especially when you can't grow dill!
Other Fresh and Delicious Cold Appetizers
They are normally in the deli section. I keep my eyes open as to who stocks them and buy the bread squares a couple of days ahead of time.
I prepare the cream cheese topping ahead of time (day before) but do NOT put it onto the bread slices until 2-3 hours ahead of time.
Finished appetizers can be stored in an airtight container or use some wrap to keep them fresh. Use parchment paper between layers. Place in fridge until serving.
I think the crunch of the cucumber is very refreshing on a cold day. This is one of those tiny appetizers people like to try, then return for more. I usually load another plate to bring along to restock my tray.
Making cucumber sandwich appetizers is a great way to use up some of those cucumbers that are starting to ripen in the garden!!
How to store
If not serving right away, keep the flavored cream cheese spread seperate from the cocktail bread. The cocktail bread will go soggy if these are stored for longer than a few hours.
The cocktail spread will last at least 4-5 days refrigerated in a sealed container (or plastic storage bag). Let sit at room temperature to make spreading easier.
I do not recomend freezing the spread (although freezing the bread is perfectly OK). Just let it come to room temperature prior to using.
Cucumber Sandwiches and Appetizers
- 1 large English Cucumbers thinly sliced
- 8 oz Cream cheese or Neuchâtel
- ⅔ package Ranch seasoning or 2 tablespoon if you have Ranch in a container
- 2 tablespoon mayonnaise it helps make this spread more spreadable
- 1 package cocktail pumpernickel bread are about 2 inches square - most grocery stores have it
- Dill fresh or dried fresh parsley, or chives or seasoned salt(optional as garnish)
- Slice cucumbers. I slice mine thin.
- Stir about ⅔ of the ranch dressing package into the cream cheese. Make sure it's well mixed. If you have time, let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to blend the flavors.
- Spread some of the cream cheese/ranch mixture on each pumpernickel slice.
- Sprinkle dill, chives, or seasoning salt on top of the cucumber as a garnish.
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These look really good. My friend Kathy will absolutely love these. I will pass on the link!
These look delicious! Thanks fir the recipe!
Our family are British and this is a very British snack. We all grew up on cucumber sandwiches. My Mom used to say if it was good enough for the queen it was good enough for us. We had it was aromat or chicken salt, which was yum.
What store carry the cocktail bread. I can’t find it in Winn Dixie or Publix.
Many stores do carry it. Sometimes it is in the deli section. If you can't find it in the store, I would ask an employee to help you.
These look pretty and delicious. Thanks for sharing!