I don’t know about you, fellow gardeners, but I have been harvesting cucumbers every day for a few weeks now. No complaints here because I love cucumbers & it is always fun trying out new ways to prepare them. I already created a recipe for cucumber salad, which is a favorite in our house, but I had yet to write about cucumber sandwiches. Which was a surprise considering how often I make them & how simple they are to put together. Without further ado, here’s my recipe for cucumber sandwiches.
- 6 small slices of bread (I used homemade sourdough bread, but any nice crusty bread will do).
- 4 T of cream cheese
- 2 garlic scapes, chopped (chives or roasted garlic would also be great).
- Sliced cucumbers
- Toast the slices of bread.
- Mix together cream cheese & garlic scapes. Spread the mixture on the toasted bread.
- Place cucumbers on top of the cream cheese mixture & toasted bread.
- I usually use chives for this recipe, but I still had a few garlic scapes laying around so I tried those instead. It’s such a delicious substitution that I decided to include it in this recipe.
- I went with a heavy spread of cream cheese on each piece of bread because we love cream cheese, but I could have easily made double the amount of sandwiches with the amount of cream cheese I used.
I always feel super fancy eating cucumber sandwiches, like I’m having high tea with the Queen of England, fancy. Except my cucumber sandwiches are usually eaten as a light lunch or night time snack. I made these sandwiches last week with my very first homemade sourdough bread. Yes, I am one of those people that jumped right on the sourdough train. That was certainly an experience considering that I had to make yeast from scratch using only flour & water for 2 weeks, which I named, “Beauty & the Yeast”. But, oh my lanta, it was completely worth it. Sourdough is my favorite kind of bread, but making it yourself from scratch just pushes it out of this stratosphere. I immediately earmarked some of the sourdough bread to make cucumber sandwiches & I’m so glad that I did. Homegrown cucumbers on homemade bread with fresh homegrown herb cream cheese is something everyone needs in their lives.
I wrote about planting cucumbers from seed for the first time a couple of months ago. I have been so happy with the results since then. I planted Green Dragon cucumber seeds in two different sections at the time & only one of the sections ended up sprouting. I’m not really sure what happened there since I planted them both in my raised bed victory garden, so they received the same amount of sun & water. It did rain buckets a few hours after I planted the seeds, so I assume it had something to do with that. However, the cucumber section that did sprout ended up taking off really fast & its 4 cucumber plants are producing like no one’s business right now.
About a week after I planted the seeds & before they starting sprouting, I ended up buying 3 cucumber plants just in case the seeds didn’t take. In all honesty, they weren’t even needed considering how well my cucumbers from seed have been doing. But the more the merrier & all 7 plants are thriving, hence the daily harvest of cucumbers. I had planned on planting more cucumber seeds but time got away from me & that didn’t come to fruition. I have learned a lot this year growing many plants from seed for the first time, but so far, cucumbers have been the easiest plants to grow from seed. So much so, that I’m starting to wonder if I will ever buy cucumber plants ever again. Especially since I’m planning an ambitious seed saving adventure later in the summer, stay tuned for that article.
Just like all of my recipes, you can use store-bought ingredients in case you don’t have homegrown cucumbers & herbs. But, I really encourage you to grow your own if you can. Cucumbers are very easy to grow if you have a garden & there are compact varieties that you can grow in containers too. Garlic & herbs are also really easy to grow, especially chives which are perennials that grow like weeds for me. Plus, like most homegrown edibles, the taste is incomparable to what you get at the grocery store. If you have space & a little bit of time you should definitely try growing your own!