Proper English Cucumber Sandwiches

There’s no food quite like Cucumber Sandwiches to make you feel like you’re having a proper tea time (except, perhaps, tea). They’re dainty, delicate, mild, but better yet, delicious. They want to make you drink tea, lift your pinkie, and wear a fancy hat. To go along with our Downton Abbey themed get-together where we also had raspberry meringue pie, a summer salad, and egg curry sandwiches, we of course had to feature cucumber sandwiches! I took this recipe right from the The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas Pudding – More Than 150 Recipes from Upstairs and Downstairs (Unofficial Cookbook) and boy did it serve us well. This is the perfect bite to satisfy any party, tea or not! There are definitely substitutions that can be made to make it even healthier. 

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Tea Time Cucumber Sandwiches

Yields 10
A perfect bite of English upper-class

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Prep Time
15 min

Total Time
15 min

Prep Time
15 min

Total Time
15 min

  1. 1 8oz package cream cheese
  2. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1 cucumber
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  6. 1 tbsp fresh dill
  7. 5 pieces white bread
  8. sprigs of dill for garnish
  1. Soften cream cheese and mix it with the mayonnaise until smooth
  2. Peel and chop the cucumber
  3. Chop the dill
  4. Put salt, pepper, cucumber, dill, and cream cheese mixture together and fold until combined
  5. Chop pieces of bread in halves (or quarters, depending on how many you want)
  6. Spread mixture on the half and put together with other half to make sandwich
  7. Cut the crusts off
  8. Serve with sprigs of dill atop
  1. You can make this recipe healthier by making your own mayonnaise, reducing the cream cheese, and subbing the white bread out for a wheat-ier one
Adapted from Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
Adapted from Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
hungry and fit

Pretty simple to do. Remember, if you want to healthify this recipe, you can: use less cream cheese, make your own mayo, and use a more fibrous bread. However, if you’d like to stay more traditional, then the recipe above is the way to go. They were delicious, filling, and went perfect with tea and an episode of Downton Abbey. I’m actually craving one right now! It’s always fun to explore other cultures and this Downton Abbey get-together was definitely an exercise of that. Yum! And as always, stay hungry and fit!

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