I hesitate to post recipes here that are simple. A little too basic. Even though I love them, I worry that you all might wonder, Does she really think we need her to explain how to make a cucumber sandwich?
Perhaps you all are not only looking for recipes, but also for ideas and inspiration. I’m all about delicious made simple, so I’ve got to own the fact that my recipes here are very much basic, everyday, and uncomplicated. I’m in the kitchen with three little ones and I really don’t have very sophisticated taste, so this is the real me. A little bit of plain Jane mixed with some wannabe foodie plus a natural bent to be creative in the kitchen equals me. Maybe you can relate?
Speaking of having not-very-sophisticated taste, my brother and sister-in-law introduced me to sushi this past weekend. Total sushi virgin here. First, I tried some miso soup…yum. Then, the vegetable tempura… I’m pretty okay with anything fried, so yum. Then a crunchy roll… super yum.
And then some kind of roll that had spicy tuna in it (actual raw fish)… WHOA! Not sure what I was expecting, but it really tasted like raw fish! Need water! Swallow now! GULP.
See what I mean about my unsophisticated palate? But I had fun trying it, and the company couldn’t have been better!
These pretty little cucumber sandwiches have been in my recipe box for years. They are a must make for baby and wedding showers, brunches and ladies church events. Traditionally, I have used a block of cream cheese mixed with a tablespoon of dry Italian dressing mix instead of the whipped goat cheese, which is wonderful. So if you are not a fan of goat cheese, that is the perfect substitute. But I thought I’d try something new, and the whipped goat cheese is a nice change!
Everyone always loves these, and they are so easy to put together. You can do them ahead of time, and they add to the decor of a party because they are so dainty and elegant without even trying very hard. You don’t have to be a master food stylist, just let the naturally beautiful ingredients speak for themselves.
Pea shoots are trendy little things right now, and I found these at Trader Joe’s. I used them as a garnish here, but they really have so much more to offer. They are great in other sandwiches and salads too. You can also add them to stir fry. I like the flair they add, but if you want to leave them off, the sprinkle of fresh dill is more than sufficient.
So file this one under “Quick and Easy, but Elegant too”. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- 2 Demi French Baguettes (5 ounces each) or one larger loaf
- 8 ounces goat cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 1 english cucumber, thinly sliced (I used a mandolin)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- Pea shoots for garnish (optional)
- Slice the french bread on a slight diagonal. I got about 20 pieces out of the two small loaves. Or you can ask someone in the bakery at your grocery store to run it through their bread slicer to save time.
- With a hand or stand mixer, whip the softened goat cheese with the milk until smooth and fluffy.
- Spread the goat cheese (1-2 teaspoons) onto each piece of bread, and top with three cucumbers.
- Sprinkle with fresh dill and garnish with a pea shoot or two.
- Cover and refrigerate until serving.