proper cucumber sandwiches

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I invited my friend Nancy over for a relaxing lunch to celebrate her birthday. Before she arrived, I lit candles everywhere, started Nora Jones playing low over the iPod dock, put the tea kettle on the stove, and made a batch of proper cucumber sandwiches. I’ve made almost as many cucumber sandwiches as I have scones, and that’s A LOT. When I was working at Tale of Two Sisters we would make them with fresh basil in the warm months when the herb garden was providing a prolific harvest. In the autumn and winter months we made them with cream cheese and pesto. I’ve started making them a little different since I worked there. All three ways are fantastic. Here’s my cucumber sandwich riff.

for 6 pieces of bread:

In a food processor, combine 3 oz. cream cheese with 2 Tablespoons real mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon minced, fresh garlic and 2 teaspoons dry Italian seasoning. Mix until fully incorporated. Spread the mixture evenly among 6 slices of sandwich bread.

Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Top with thin slices of cucumber (peeled or unpeeled.)

Put the tops on the sandwiches. Using a sharp chef’s knife, remove the crusts.

Cut into fourths and voila…the quintessential, English cucumber sandwich.

(recipe variation ~ add fresh basil leaves! shown in photo at very top)

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon…

I served the lunch in my new favorite style…

teacup lunch!

Happy Teatime Tuesday!



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  31 comments for “proper cucumber sandwiches

  1. Ann Carrico
    October 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I love these!!

  2. Melissa
    October 11, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Me too! They’re so yummy. Thanks for commenting 😉

  3. Kimber Dunn
    October 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Yup – these looked sooooo yummy that I made them for lunch yesterday, and they were soooooo good that I made them again for my dinner!! ;0) Thanks!!

    • Melissa
      October 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

      YAY! I’m so glad you like them. They’re one of my favorites too 😉

  4. January 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    What’s better than a proper cucumber sandwich? yum 🙂

    • Melissa
      January 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      exactly! these are addictive little sammys. enjoy 🙂

  5. RobinLynn
    October 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Even High School students love these. They were the first thing to go at my daughters Graduation Party at our house. I couldn’t make them fast enough.

    • Melissa
      October 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

      I know what you mean Robin! My friend Nancy and I joke about how cucumber sandwiches are worse than potato chips 😉 It’s amazing how easily they go down. hee hee. xo

  6. susan
    March 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I would add fresh sliced onion, replace the italian seasoning with fresh dill, and replace the mayo with greek yogurt. Then it would be perfect for me!

    • Melissa
      September 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      sounds like an awesome, healthier rendition, Susan! 🙂

  7. Patricia
    September 20, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I will be bookmarking and trying these real soon. I am curious about the tea cups that are stacked on top of each other…..

    • Melissa
      September 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Particia! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment! Enjoy the cucumber sammys, and… the stacked teacups are a fun way of serving lunch “teacup” style… just follow this link to read more. Happy Weekend!

  8. Sally
    June 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I love cold cucumber sandwiches in the summer – also like them with thin slices of crisp red radishes for a different twist occasionally! Your pictures are making me VERY hungry for one right now!!

    • Melissa
      June 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Hi Sally! 🙂

      Ooh! yes! I love radishes too. I’ve never tried to add them to my cucumber sandwiches, but I do make a tea sandwich with them, if you’d like to try my version 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂 XO ~M

      • Sally
        November 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        Another sammie post for me to try – thank you for the link!!

  9. Shene
    June 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

    These are heavenly thank you for sharing!!! Even my 2.5yr old loved loved them

    • Melissa
      June 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Hi Shene! 🙂

      I’m s glad to hear these little sandwiches were a hit! 🙂 Thanks for visiting ! XO ~M

  10. Janei
    November 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for posting these delicious sandwiches. My middle school-er adores them and now makes these for her lunches!

  11. Terri
    January 13, 2015 at 4:26 am

    This recipe sounds delicious. Would you mind sharing your recipe for the pesto in your winter version? Thank you!

  12. January 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Love these.. too funny how one gets upset about nothing! So if you run your fork down the cuke, is it considered peeled or not!!LOl

  13. laura
    May 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Made a very similar recipe recently, filling is the same, but served on small pumpernickel bread, sooo yummy!
    The pumpernickel flavor enhances the cream cheese filling so nicely.

  14. Tejal
    May 29, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.. Sounds amazing.. Will definitely try on this weekend!!
    Take care n God bless you!! 🙂

  15. Kate
    January 11, 2016 at 2:04 am

    These were so lovely! Everyone raved about them at my daughter’s “Tea for Two” birthday party! I linked to this page in my blog post about it at Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Melissa
      January 11, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Yay, yay, yay! I’m so happy everyone liked the tea sammies 🙂 Cheers, Lovely. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Gale
    March 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    These are beautiful. I’m planning on serving them this Saturday at my daughter’s baby shower. Do you do anything to “prep” the cukes (give them a vinegar or ice water”bath”)?

  17. Maureen Baisden
    February 14, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Why not use a soft spread flavored cream cheese>

    • Melissa
      February 18, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      It doesn’t hold up and will result in soggy sandwiches.

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