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Cucumber and Herbed Cream Cheese Sandwiches

Everytime I went to visit my Auntie M, she would always have prepared a beautiful platter of these divine little sandwiches.  My Uncle Jim would pour my Auntie and I a glass of his favorite champagne and Auntie and I would have the lovliest visit over cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and Uncle’s champagne.  These are some of my fondest memories with my darling Great Aunt and Uncle.

I thought of these little sandwiches once again as I was preparing a menu for a client event.  She was looking for something fresh, delicious and a finger food that guests could pick up and enjoy without too much fuss.  Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches sounded perfect.

To make these sandwiches just a little different, I added an assortment of fresh herbs to the cream cheese such as chopped fresh dill and parsley.  Another yummy addition to the cream cheese, and a compliment in flavor to the cucumber, is to add a little chopped roasted red pepper to the cream cheese.  The red pepper also makes a beautiful color combination with the green of the cucumber and the white of the fresh bread.

For your next event whether it’s a small cocktail party, brunch, baby shower, wedding shower, dinner guests or just a little nibble before dinner, these delicious little sandwiches make the perfect starter.  Oh, and don’t forget the champagne!

Cucumber and Herbed Cream Cheese Sandwiches

1 loaf soft whole grain white bread

1 80z package cream cheese, equally divided

1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (I like dill and Italian parsley)

2 tablespoons chopped roasted red pepper (you can roast these yourself or purchase jarred)

Pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper

1 English cucumber, thin sliced

Directions

Mix together 4 oz cream cheese with the chopped fresh herbs, and the other 4 oz cream cheese with the roasted red pepper.  Next, using a 2″ biscuit cutter, cut out rounds of bread for the sandwiches.  If you have a square or other shapes you’d like to use that will work just as well.  Or, you can also cut off the crusts, spread the cream cheese, add the cucumber and then cut diagonally.

Spread the cream cheese over each piece of bread.  Place 2-3 slices of cucumber on half the bread rounds, and then top each cucumber round with remaing cream cheese bread rounds.

Place the little sandwiches on your most beautiful platter and serve.  If you need to prepare these prior to your event, place a moist, but not wet, paper towel or kitchen towel over the sandwiches  and then cover in plastic wrap, to keep the bread from drying out.

One loaf of bread should make about 20 little sandwiches.  If you’d like to try other types of bread that would be a lovely option as well.

OPTION:  Another idea is too spread your favorite hummus over the bread rounds instead of the cream cheese.  I adore the red pepper hummus with the cucumber for something just a little different.

Enjoy!

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