OK, I’m a bit of an Anglophile, I’ll admit to being somewhat enamored of Queen Elizabeth II and the whole House of Windsor, loved the festivities of the Diamond Jubilee, and have very fond memories of going to England on vacation with my mom, and grand-aunt when I was young. I’ve got English roots. My friend even once had to remind me: ‘You know, you’re not British right?’
However it was not until, well all but an hour ago that I ever tried the awesome cucumber sandwich. Now I had to work with what I had at hand, so what I ate wasn’t exactly traditional - though by way of Google I summoned a couple of recipes, and made my own hybrid, which if it was any indication, I need to get to a well put together afternoon tea in the not too far off future!
Cucumber Sandwhich, Rodney’s Way:
2 pieces of bread (most recipes call for white, cut thin…) I only had Arnold Country Sweet Potato Bread on hand. This seems to be a very new product, and as of last week I couldn’t even find it listed on the Arnold’s website.
1 Cucumber, sliced thin.
First I sliced the cucumber, as thin as I could get it. Then I laid out my slices on a paper towel, salted them, and placed another paper towel over the slices, which I then pressed on to remove as much moisture as I could.
Next I buttered the bread slices with the unsalted butter. I put a good coat on both slices of bread. On one buttered slice I sprinkled the dill weed, to then layout my cucumber slices on top bread with dill on it. Next I took two pieces of wafer thin cheddar cheese, its meant to give a snap to the sandwhich and not overpower the dewy freshness of the cucumber. I then placed the other buttered slice of bread on top and pressed it down.
I left off cutting off the crusts, as it was just for me, but I did slice the sandwich into four bars, suitable for finger food. To my surprise I found two slivers were more than enough to make me feel full.
- England Kicks Off Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee (nymag.com)
- How to celebrate the Jubilee – Britishness, Bunting and Afternoon Tea (teawithmarykate.wordpress.com)
- Grossmith Diamond Jubilee Bouquet (fragrantica.com)
- Little Britain takes over in parties fit for a Queen (smh.com.au)
- 6 Websites To Learn About Queen Elizabeth II During Her Diamond Jubilee Year (makeuseof.com)
- Photos: Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (abcnews.go.com)
- Shamrock Cucumber Sandwiches (bedifferentactnormal.com)
- Mama Tea’s Jubilee Tea Party (mamateablog.com)
- Cucumber Sandwich (deliciousgf.wordpress.com)
- Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches (amidthismoment.wordpress.com)
- Cucumber finger sandwiches (csmonitor.com)
- Take “Tea For Two” to a Whole New Level With These Tea Cup Bobbies (bellasugar.com)
- Monte Cristo Sandwich (thehappyhousewife.com)