Not just for English tea parties anymore, these easy Cucumber Sandwiches are sure to be the star of your next upcoming party, whatever it is! A delicious, elegant finger food that is sure to please everyone, all parts to these cucumber sandwiches can be prepped ahead of time. And assembly takes just a few minutes!
When I lived in Wisconsin, this happened frequently at parties with my friends. We eventually scrapped the “main course” permanently and dined on an assortment of appetizers at our gatherings.
Feeding a crowd, or just the two of you? Click and slide the number next to ‘servings’ on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.
How do you make Cucumber Sandwiches?
Start with preparing the Ranch spread and allow to sit at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Move on to slicing the cucumbers, and finish with the quartering of the sandwich bread.
All that’s left is assembly – bread, spread, cucumber.
Where do Cucumber Sandwiches come from?
Cucumber sandwiches are very much a British invention, created during the Victorian era as part of afternoon tea.
Whether you call it a tea sandwich or finger sandwich, their main purpose is to stave off hunger until meal time. But by all means, eat as many as you like!
What are Hot House Cucumbers?
The commercially grown variety of English cucumbers, hot house cucs are grown in none other than a ‘hot house’ aka greenhouse.
As compared to regular or American cucumbers, they have thinner skin, sweeter flesh, and less seeds, meaning no peeling or seeding required!
What type of bread do I use?
Traditionally, cucumber sandwiches are served on cocktail rye, but can be impossible to find! I checked every grocery store in my area and even Amazon didn’t come through for me!
A perfect substitute is good quality sandwich bread. By using a serrated knife, simply cut the crusts off and quarter each slice into squares. If prepping ahead of time, bread will stay fresh in a plastic bag on the counter for 2-3 days.
How do you keep tea sandwiches fresh?
If you would like to get even more ahead of the party and assemble the sandwich ahead of time, place the completed sandwiches in an airtight container, cover them with a layer of wax paper, then a layer of damp paper towel, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 recipe Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix 1 or packet store-bought
- 1 loaf high-quality sandwich bread crusts removed, quartered
- 2 Hot House seedless cucumbers thinly sliced (see notes)
- Fresh dill for garnish
- In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, and seasoning mix. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to blend flavors.
- To assemble, top each rye bread with cream cheese mixture and a cucumber slice.