Cool As a Cucumber! Cheese, Cucumber and Chive Sandwich Spread

"A must for cool people - or those who like cucumbers! This is a very versatile sandwich spread or dip, which is so easy to whip up at the last minute; it makes VERY elegant sandwiches and is a wonderful accompaniment for smoked salmon, prawns (shrimp) or tuna. I have also used it to spread on savoury scones and crackers. If you plan to make this a day before you need to use it, you might like to salt the cucumbers first - as they do release water into the spread."
 
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Ready In:
5mins
Ingredients:
6
Yields:
8 Rounds Sandwiches
Serves:
8
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directions

  • Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes, to soften it slightly.
  • Add all the ingredients, EXCEPT the cucumber, and mix thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the diced cucumber and gently fold through the mixture.Check the seasoning once more.
  • Serve as a sandwich spread or as a dip for crudites; also wonderful with crackers and scones. This spread is deleicious when served with smoked salmon and blinis.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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  1. Julie Bs Hive
    Used 1/3 of a European cuke leaving some of the peel on to add a bit more color to the spread I had about 3/4 cup finely diced total. I had it first (with the mint) as a sandwich spread then on melba toast (without the mint) as a late night snack. Yep, made it twice. Still iffy about the mint. TFS this scrumptious recipe. Made for Aussie/NZ RS#40.
     
  2. nott2339
    Delicious and light. Very refreshing. I used minced Vidalia onion since I was out of chives and green onions. It's a perfect late dinner or snack since it won't weigh you down. I ate mine as a sandwich.
     
  3. spiritussancto
    i found this a bit too cream cheesy as written so i went ahead and added the other half of the cuke. i also added some more onion, some garlic, and some dill. i think it might have benefited from a bit of chopped celery for texture. i went easy on the mint since my fresh stuff is quite strong. this is nice but seemed to me to be missing something that would have balanced out the flavors a bit more, maybe a little minced sun dried tomato or something. i used low fat cream cheese which is a little softer then regular so we'll see how it holds up for lunches tomorrow. i'm hoping being stiffened up by chilling will balance the liquid coming out of the cuke. might be nice with fresh basil instead of mint. reminds me a bit of egg salad crossed with cucumber cream cheese sandwiches for a fancy tea. overall this is a nice change of pace, thank you!
     
  4. Chef Regina V. Smith
    Wow. This was great! I made fancy cucumber sandwiches with this for a fancy Sunday afternoon "do". They all disappeared! Many, many compliments on this. I think the secret in this recipe is the inclusion of the mint. It is not an overpowering mint taste, but it does sharpen all of the other flavours. One batch made exactly one loaf of sandwiches (crusts cut off, of course). Thanks French Tart. You hit another one out of the park!
     
  5. muffinlady
    This is really good. Sorry French Tart I save 5 stars for only a few recipes and believe me you made some of them. I love cucumbers I used half of cream cheese though I used Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese as with my gallbladder less fat works better for my system. My spring onion dried out so I had to use red onion but this was still good. Even though there is no mint around here sorry I had to leave it out. Perhaps If made as written it would be better but I can only do what my area has.
     
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  1. spiritussancto
    i found this a bit too cream cheesy as written so i went ahead and added the other half of the cuke. i also added some more onion, some garlic, and some dill. i think it might have benefited from a bit of chopped celery for texture. i went easy on the mint since my fresh stuff is quite strong. this is nice but seemed to me to be missing something that would have balanced out the flavors a bit more, maybe a little minced sun dried tomato or something. i used low fat cream cheese which is a little softer then regular so we'll see how it holds up for lunches tomorrow. i'm hoping being stiffened up by chilling will balance the liquid coming out of the cuke. might be nice with fresh basil instead of mint. reminds me a bit of egg salad crossed with cucumber cream cheese sandwiches for a fancy tea. overall this is a nice change of pace, thank you!
     
  2. muffinlady
    This is really good. Sorry French Tart I save 5 stars for only a few recipes and believe me you made some of them. I love cucumbers I used half of cream cheese though I used Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese as with my gallbladder less fat works better for my system. My spring onion dried out so I had to use red onion but this was still good. Even though there is no mint around here sorry I had to leave it out. Perhaps If made as written it would be better but I can only do what my area has.
     

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