Monday, November 11, 2013

Lynn's Christmas Tree Cucumber Sandwiches

As I mentioned in previous posts,
the sandwiches and savories are served on the bottom tier of the three-tiered server.
You begin eating from the bottom tier and move up.
The second course of scones is served on the middle tier.
The top tier serves mini desserts, and is eaten last. 
My theory is that the three-tiered server looks nice for a longer time
with the desserts on the top tier, being served last. 

When planning the Christmas tea, we knew we wanted a cucumber sandwich. 
Lynn is the cucumber sandwich maker for our potluck teas.
I found a photo of the Christmas Tree Cucumber Tea Sandwich in
the November/December 2011 issue of Tea Time Magazine.
Lynn snapped a photo of it and made it using the easy recipe below.
She cut Christmas trees from wheat bread using a cookie cutter.
She cut the English cucumber to fit, and  
placed a cheddar cheese cut-out star on top of each.
They were delicious and super cute! 

I have made and served traditional cucumber sandwiches many times
from this recipe I found in "The Pleasures and Treasures of Taking Tea at Miss Mable's Tea Room"
 Sadly, Miss Mable's in Dickson, TN has closed since our visit there.

Cucumber and Boursin Tea Sandwiches

1 loaf white bread (I use Pepperidge Farm original)
1 (5.2-oz) Boursin cheese
1 seedless cucumber, washed, sliced thin and drained on paper towels
Dill (fresh or dried)
Cut bread in circles. Spread Boursin cheese on bread circles add a slice of cucumber and sprinkle with dill.
Linda's Note: I spread a thin coat of softened unsalted butter on the bread before I spread the Boursin. I use fresh dill sprigs, but dried dill will work when you don't have fresh.
The "idea" photo Lynn snapped from Tea Time Magazine  
Link to the November issue of


Bernideen said...

Those little trees are darling and love yummy. All your tips are terrific!

Angela McRae said...

I knew I liked the "order" of the tea tray just as you have it, but I never realized WHY until you said here that it "looks nice for a longer time." Yes! Thanks for the insight!

Ruth Weston said...

Perfect! Isn't it fun when something from a magazine comes out as well when we do it? How charming!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

So cute - perfect for a holiday tea! Thanks for the idea!

GardenOfDaisies said...

The little tree sandwiches are so cute! I am so going to make those next month when I invite my best friend over for A Christmas Tea. Love it!!

Rosemary said...

These are fun! They served as inspiration for one of my holiday teas last year! A little time consuming, but enjoyed by everyone.

Marilyn said...

What a pretty and clever idea. Love it.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I remember those cucumber trees from the magazine but I never made them. They do like sweet for this time of year.


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