Another dish from our Royal Wedding bash, these look quite impressive, and are so tasty. In the first act of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest (1895), cucumber sandwiches that have expressly been ordered and prepared for Lady Bracknell’s expected visit are all voraciously eaten beforehand by her nephew and host, Algernon Moncrieff; consequently he is forced to tell a little lie, with his butler’s connivance: namely that “there were no cucumbers to be had at the Covent Garden vegetable market that morning, not even for ready money“!
I cut an A4 sheet of paper in two and placed these over the sandwich strips with a small gap; and using a small sieve dusted the smoked paprika over the sangers.
1 Telegraph Cucumber, sliced
1 loaf fresh soft white bread, sliced
125g Cream Cheese (room temperature)
2 tbs Butter (room temperature)
Bunch of fresh Dill
Salt flakes and cracked pepper
Finely chop most the the dill, reserving a little for garnishing. Mix the chopped dill with the cream cheese and butter. Spread this mixture over 8-10 slices of bread. Top with cucumber and another slice of bread. Using a large sharp knife trim the crusts and halve each sandwich. Arrange on a platter and dust with paprika and remaining dill tips.