Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Elegant and tasty, cucumber tea sandwiches are flavored with cream cheese and dill.  Perfect for afternoon tea, luncheon, book club or garden party. Elegant and tasty, cucumber tea sandwiches are flavored with cream cheese and dill.  Perfect for afternoon tea, a shower, book club or garden party.

This is a repost from way back in 2013 when I first discovered Cucumber Tea Sandwiches.  A friend made them for a Downton Abbey party, and I when I discovered that both my kids and book club absolutely loved them, I wrote it up for my blog. 

Fast forward eight years and one of those school kids is now all grown up–and even got married during the pandemic!  We’ll be doing a garden party to celebrate this summer so I’m testing food!  Expect to see lots of party-worthy candidates make their way across these “pages” this summer!

Elegant and tasty, cucumber tea sandwiches are flavored with cream cheese and dill.  Perfect for afternoon tea, a shower, book club or garden party.

Step by Step Directions

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches are super easy!  To start, you cut cucumber into thin slices (I used a mandolin and couldn’t decide if I preferred 1/8” or 1/4“).

Whip together cream cheese, salt, garlic and dill until smooth.

Remove crusts from bread.  (Save crusts for breadcrumbs or compost.)  Spread bread with cream cheese, layer with cucumber slices, then top with second piece of bread also spread with cream cheese.

Cut into four, roughly equal quarters. Cut Cucumber, Dill & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Decorate with dill and serve.

Or hide in the ‘fridge until needed.  Did I mention that my husband ate 16 Cucumber, Dill & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches when left alone with them? (Shhh)Elegant and tasty, cucumber tea sandwiches are flavored with cream cheese and dill.  Perfect for afternoon tea, luncheon, book club or garden party.

Notes and Tips

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More years than not, cucumbers do pretty poorly on EWG’s list of fruits and veggies with the most pesticide residue.  So, this is an ingredient I try to find organic.

English cucumbers, which many Cucumber Tea Sandwich recipes call for, are slimmer, with less pronounced seeds.  While they are lovely in this, a regular cucumber can work fine too.  Just look for one that isn’t too “fat.” 

I think that salt is a big flavor enhancer for these sandwiches.  I started out sprinkling it on each sandwich but forgot so many times, I just added it to the cream cheese.

I save the leftover crusts for homemade breadcrumbs.  In selecting my bread, I look for large, square bread slices.  This makes for nice even quarters when you cut them smaller. 

I use a mandolin to cut my cucumber slices.  It is easy and fast and less scary now that most come packaged with “safety gloves.” 

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Elegant and tasty, cucumber tea sandwiches are flavored with cream cheese and dill.  Perfect for afternoon tea, a shower, book club or a garden party.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 English cucumber (or slim regular cucumber)
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 T chopped fresh dill
  • 12 slices white bread

Instructions

Cut cucumber into thin slices (I couldn’t decide if I preferred 1/8” or 1/4“)

Whip together cream cheese, salt, garlic and dill until smooth.

Remove crusts from bread. (Save crusts for breadcrumbs or compost.) Spread bread with cream cheese mixture, layer with cucumber slices, then top with second piece of bread also spread with cream cheese. Cut into four, roughly square quarters.

Decorate with dill and serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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55 thoughts on “Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

  1. Molly @pbpickles

    So great that you made these for your book club! I thought Lisa did a fabulous job for our party 🙂 My mom used to always take thin slices of rye bread and top them with cream cheese, cucumber slices, and then sprinkle on a coarse seasoned salt like Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt and we’d live on these in the summer time!

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      They had a package of rye that would have been perfect–thin, small and even square–and I was soooo tempted to use that. Perhaps next time! Thanks for your variation–I know I am always buried in CSA cucumbers in the summer.

  2. Lisa @ Lisa Living Well

    I’m so glad they turned out well for you. I don’t think I told you this, but I hunted for what I thought would be the perfect recipe for weeks! I’m picky like that though, especially when I have the time to look. I was actually surprised at how good the leftovers were a day later because from what I read, I expected them to get soggy. I definitely want to make the recipe on a Sunday night so I can have some sandwiches for the work week.

    What book did you read for your club?

    Oh and your shortbread was superb! I love shortbread and actually hadn’t made it myself until last year. The lavender flavored one was perfect.

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      I am happy to hear that the leftovers were good because there were a few quarters left that the kids took off to school for lunch and I was also afraid they’d get soggy (though they looked fine). This was the perfect recipe for Sunday–and equally good for book club (where they also got some leftover shortbread–my husband couldn’t believe I bought yet another shortbread mold;-) )!

      We read Caleb’s Crossing for this month. I love being in a book club. I can procrastinate (especially with discretionary activities) so it keeps me on task–and of course the meetings are fun!

      I am looking forward to the Oscar party!

  3. grace

    i can’t say i’ve ever eaten a sandwich like this either! i have, however, seen downton abbey, and i love it. 🙂

  4. Needful Things

    Now I know what to take for my book club meeting next Friday.
    Cucumber sandwiches were a staple at tea parties back home. I haven’t had one in years and years… thanks for reminding me how much I love them.

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      I need to use up the rest of the cucumber and was thinking of the Packer game on Saturday–so I hope they aren’t too sophisticated 😉 Actually DH has a party so it will just be us girls and I may get away with it. Perhaps I can color the cream cheese yellow for this!

  5. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer

    That’s a terrific idea for our book club meeting. We try to serve ethnic food depending on the book when the meeting is at our houses. My book will be “Prague Winter” by Madaline Albright. It’s about her life in Czechoslovakia. Do you know any typically Czech recipes?

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Mmmm, Czech food should be delicious! My mom used to make great cabbage rolls, but that might be a big hard for book club… You should post whatever you do!

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  7. Balvinder

    We love cucumber sandwiches and these are my favorite food to take it to any small gathering. I make slight changes every time I take.

    1. Inger Post author

      Aren’t they! I know some people leave the crusts but I think they are daintier with them!

  8. Lisa Kerhin

    Two things: I love the cream cheese mixture! I could eat it just as is. Now, I also love these sandwiches and I’d have plenty to eat because no else in my house would eat them…aversion to cucumbers lol

  9. John / Kitchen Riffs

    I haven’t had cucumber tea sandwiches in forever! It’s a great sandwich — nice snappy flavor, and a bit of crunch to it as well. Really good idea adding salt to the cream cheese — I’m SO going to steal that idea. 🙂

  10. David Scott Allen

    For tea sandwiches were always my favorite as a child. But in addition to the crust having to be trimmed, the cucumbers definitely had to be peeled! (I was a picky little child…) and, you know me, I don’t think the sandwich even begins to need that little bit of garlic powder…

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