Tennis is one of those poshy sports in which etiquette and decorum always matter. As a result, we can’t help but associate the sport with bite-size, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, such as cucumber tea sandwiches. Vegetarian-friendly, these babies are easy to make and stack. Serve open-faced as shown above or pile high in club-sandwich format.
- 1 small to medium-sized cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds (we prefer to keep the skin on but either way works)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ½ cups cream cheese (or stracchino cheese if you can find it)
- ½ small bunch dill, finely chopped
- Small bunch chives, snipped or minced into itty bits
- 9-10 thin slices whole wheat bread (or gluten-free if you prefer), cut into squares just slightly larger than the diameter of the cucumber slices
- After you have finishing slicing the cucumbers, lay them on a paper towel and then topped with another paper towel for a couple minutes to dry them a bit.
- In a food processor, combine your dill, several sprinkles of black pepper, cheese, and most of the chives.
- Now, you’re going to make a club-like sandwich. First start with one piece of the bread you sliced.
- Spread some of the cheese mixture on it, then top with 2 cuc slices stacked atop each other.
- Repeat this until you have a three-layered club (three slices of bread).
- On the top of the top bread slices, place a tiny dollop of cheese in the center and then top with a single cucumber slice.
- Sprinkle with some chives.
- Repeat this until you have used up all your ingredients and have several little cuc sandwiches!
- Serve with a chilled glass of champagne and enjoy!