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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cucumber Ranch Bread {open faced tea sandwiches}

Like an open faced tea sandwich, these cucumber ranch bread bites are a great appetizer especially in the spring and summer. Fresh, simple and great for making a bit ahead!

slice of italian bread topped with ranch cream cheese spread and slices of cucumber


    Cucumber ranch bread is a fun spring or summer appetizer.  It would also make a great light lunch.  They are perfect for serving an bridal or baby showers or would be fun at a tea party as well! They only take a few ingredients and almost no effort to make.


   This cracks me up every time I think about it!  It was started 9? years ago.  That seems crazy that is has been that long!

    I was living in Springfield at the time and I wasn't planning to come home for Easter that year.  So, I spent the weekend with my friend Tisha and her cute little baby Mason (who is now almost as tall as me!)


lined up slices of baguette with ranch cream cheese spread and halved cucumber slices on them


   We went out the night before Easter and there was this whole thing.  I won't go into the details, but it still makes me laugh.

    I'll just leave it at we didn't get much sleep and we weren't looking or feeling our finest on Easter morning.  It was the perfect way to meet a family full of strangers!

plate of ranch cucumber bread appetizers on Italian bread


   We were meeting our "Springfield mom" and her in-laws to spend the day.  We got there and she had a tray of this cucumber bread.

   Tish and I about polished it off!  We have made it regularly since.  Whenever Tish came to one of my BBQs, this is what she brought.  It brings back a lot of good (and some really funny) memories!

    Luckily this recipe is super easy to make. So whipping it up at a moment's notice isn't a problem, plus it is a great way to use some cucumbers which tend to come on in droves in our garden.

     I have made this on several different types of bread.  Baguettes work great for smaller cucumbers or halved cucumber slices as you can see above.  These work especially well for appetizers.

    Italian bread works well also.  Depending on the loaf you may be able to fit one or two slices of cucumber on each piece of bread. 

bowl of cream cheese ranch mixture ready to spread over slices of bread


    The ranch spread is just a few ingredients.  The recipe includes mayo which makes it extra creamy and delicious. 

    Sometimes I forget to add it or don't have it on hand and it is still good without.  Just mix in the ranch seasoning and you are good to go!

     I tend to do the cucumber slices different each time too.  Sometimes I peal the cucumbers.  Sometimes I peel part of them.  Sometimes I don't bother to peel it at all.Do whatever your mood and preferences dictate!

slices of cucumber ranch bread ready to eat


     You can make these ahead of time, just cover and chill them until you are ready to serve.  They are good slightly chilled, but I prefer them at room temperature. So just pull them out a few minutes before you are ready to enjoy!

You may also like strawberry bruschetta, a sweet and savory springtime treat, or Egyptian feta spread which is perfect with soft pita bread. I also highly recommend the havarti cheese ball!


Yield: 24 servings

Vicki's Cucumber Bread

Like an open faced tea sandwich, these cucumber bread bites are a great appetizer especially in the spring and summer. Fresh, simple and great for making a bit ahead!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins

ingredients:


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pkg ranch seasoning mix
  • 2 T mayonaise
  • 1 baguette or loaf of Italian bread, thin sliced 
  • 1-2 cucumbers, thinly sliced 

instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese, ranch mix and mayo until smooth
  2. Spread over bread slices and top with cucumber slices, you may want to cut the cucumber slices in half if you are using a baguette. 
  3. That's it!  You can make them as far as a day in advance and store them in the fridge
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Like an open faced tea sandwich, these cucumber ranch bread bites are a great appetizer especially in the spring and summer. Fresh, simple and great for making a bit ahead!



6 comments:

  1. love cucumber sandwiches in the spring and summer! these sound really delish and perfect for little tea parties with the grands! Appreciate your sharing with Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    1. I was thinking it might be fun to do a "tea party" type girls night some time! Have cute "girly" finger foods on china and these would be fun for that too!

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  2. I ave never heard of such a thing! I have read about ppl eating cucumber sandwiches in the old day but I can see how this could be kind of addicting! Cool, creamy!

    Mollie

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    1. I think it is very similar to the cucumber sandwiches, but I love to serve them open faced! They are addicting and great for a spring or summer day!

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