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Cucumber Sandwiches in 15 Minutes

Cucumber sandwiches made of fresh bread, cream cheese, English cucumber slices, fresh chives, and fresh dill.

These cucumber sandwiches filled with fluffy cream cheese, fresh dill, fresh chives, and delicate slices of cucumber will be a hit at your next potluck or afternoon tea party. In 15 minutes, you can wow your guests with these easy tea sandwiches.

5 Tips For Homemade Cucumber Sandwiches

  1. Don’t you hate it when you lift up a sandwich and the bread is a watery mess? Yeuck! To avoid soggy cucumber sandwiches, use a small spoon to remove the seeds and use paper towel to squeeze out excess moisture from each cucumber slice. I know it’s tempting to skip this step, but it’s worth this extra step.
Top view of cucumber slices drying on paper towel

Remove excess moisture by drying each cucumber slice on paper towel.

  1. To soften the cream cheese, leave it out on the counter for 30 minutes.
  2. The bread in these cucumber sandwiches should be fresh and fluffy. Use your favorite bread, but keep in mind that the cream cheese mixture and cucumber slices are the star of the sandwich. So, try not to use breads that will overwhelm the taste. For example, I love walnut bread and I’ve even used it to make this fun cheese and charcuterie tree appetizer. But, this walnut bread would overpower these delicate cucumbers.
Top view of fresh white bread and whole wheat bread on a cutting board. Bread is used to make cucumber sandwiches.

Move over stale bread, we’re only using fresh fluffy bread for this cucumber sandwich recipe.

  1. Using a serrated bread knife to cut the sandwich helps keep the bread light and fluffy. This is because the serrated edge on a bread knife maintains the shape of the bread without compressing it with each slice.  I love using Shun’s Classic 9-inch Bread Knife (Amazon affiliate link) to cut bread, tomatoes, and cakes. In this recipe, I’m using white bread and whole wheat bread with seeds.
Top view of a Shun Classic 9-inch bread knife on top of a cutting board. Rectangular cucumber sandwiches are below the bread knife.

Using a serrated bread knife to cut the bread makes a huge difference because it keeps the bread light and fluffy. This is a Shun Classic 9-inch bread knife.

  1. Fresh dill versus dried dill: I tested this recipe with both versions and it tastes just as good with fresh dill as it does with dried dill.
Top view of fresh dill and dried dill on a marble table.

Fresh dill tastes just as good as dried dill in this cucumber sandwich recipe.

Watch This Video to See How to Make This Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

Difference Between English Cucumber and Regular Cucumber?

As you can see in the below image, English cucumber [top] has smaller seeds than a regular cucumber [bottom]. It’s also sweeter than a regular cucumber and has thinner skin.

Don’t fret if you can’t get your hands on an English cucumber. You can still use a regular cucumber in this cucumber sandwich recipe, but make sure you peel off the entire skin first.

A top view of a slice of English cucumber compared to a slice of regular cucumber.

Check out the difference between an English cucumber [top] and regular cucumber [bottom].

Here’s the Recipe to Make Cucumber Sandwiches in 15 Minutes

Cucumber Sandwiches

These cucumber sandwiches filled with fluffy cream cheese, fresh dill, fresh chives, and delicate slices of cucumber will be a hit at your next potluck or afternoon tea party. In 15 minutes, you can wow your guests with these easy tea sandwiches.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword recipe for cucumber sandwiches
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 people
Author Chewable Structures

Ingredients

  • ½ English cucumber
  • ½ cup cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill (or 1 tbsp dried dill)
  • ½ tsp fresh chives (chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (with seeds optional)

Instructions

  1. Watch my video tutorial:
  2. Wash the English cucumber. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin.
  3. Cut the cucumber in to two halves and remove the ends. Put half of the cucumber in the fridge. Cut the remaining half lengthwise (watch the video above).
  4. Using a small spoon, remove the cucumber seeds.
  5. Using a knife or mandolin slicer, thinly slice the cucumber so each slice is around 5 mm thick.
  6. Lay each cucumber slice on a sheet of paper towel and press out any remaining moisture.
    Top view of cucumber slices drying on paper towel
  7. In a small bowl, add the cream cheese, dill, chives, salt and pepper. Mix together with a small spatula.
    Top view of fresh dill and dried dill on a marble table.
  8. Using a small spatula or knife, spread the cream cheese mixture onto 8 slices of bread.
  9. Add cucumber to half of the bread slices, then add the top bread slices.
  10. 10. Using a bread knife, remove the crust and cut into 3 rectangles or 4 triangles.
    Top view of a Shun Classic 9-inch bread knife on top of a cutting board. Rectangular cucumber sandwiches are below the bread knife.
  11. 11. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container the day before serving.
    Top view of cucumber sandwiches on white and whole wheat bread stacked up on a black cheese board.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

1. If you like a generous amount of cream cheese mixture in your cucumber sandwiches, then this recipe yields 3 sandwiches (ie. 9 small rectangular sandwiches). If you prefer less cream cheese mixture, you can cut more cucumber slices and stretch this recipe out to 4 sandwiches (ie. 12 small rectangular sandwiches).

2. To soften the cream cheese, leave it out at room temperature for around 30 minutes.

3. Using fresh dill tastes just as good as dried dill.

4. If you make these cucumber sandwiches the day before, leave them out at room temperature around 30 minutes before serving so the cream cheese softens.

5. To help keep the bread fluffy, use a serrated bread knife.

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