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Cucumber Sandwiches and Appetizers

cucumber appetizers

A quick, easy and inexpensive appetizer.  The cream cheese spread and cucumbers on a square of pumpernickel bread is delicious and refreshing.  I have never brought any leftovers home (I usually bring extra bread, cream cheese mixture, and sliced cucumbers so I can assemble them if more are needed).

Ingredients

If you are making a lot,

Sliced English Cucumbers - a mandoline slicer may be helpful if making a lot.

8oz Cream cheese (or Neuchâtel)

2/3 of a package of Ranch seasoning (or 2 TBSP if you have Ranch in a container)

2 TBSP mayonnaise (it helps make this spread more spreadable)

Small square 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)

If making cucumber sandwiches

Use white bread instead of the cocktail squares.

Instructions

Slice cucumbers.  I slice mine very 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.

cucumber appetizers

If making cucumber sandwiches

Spread cream cheese mixture onto each side of the white bread (with crusts cut off)

Place 2 to 3 layers of thinly sliced cucumbers.

Garnish the cucumbers

Cut sandwiches in squares or triangles.

cucumber sandwiches on white bread cut into triangles

Notes

Whatever you call these, cucumber appetizers, cucumber cream cheese tea sandwiches, cucumber tea sandwiches or even cucumber finger sandwiches, these are refreshing and delicious.

If you have any leftover seasoned cream cheese, it's also wonderful as a dip!  A little on your favorite veggies (red peppers) is a pretty and handy snack.

Store in an airtight container, in the fridge. If they are going to be in the fridge for more than a few hours. I place a piece of waxed paper on the sandwiches and a slightly damp paper towel on top.  That way the sandwiches don't get dried out.

Note they are vegetarian (but not vegan).

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