What would a proper tea party be without cucumber sandwiches?
Below are two recipes I've used and liked:
1 Loaf Cocktail Rye Bread or 1 Bag Bagel Chips
1 - 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
1/8 cup sour cream
1 envelope dry Italian seasoning
1 cucumber, sliced thin
Mix Italian seasoning into softened cream cheese. Spread onto bread slices. Top with cucumber slice and garnish with spring of parsley if desired.
I also like this recipe:
1 medium cucumber with seeds removed
1 tsp. VERY finely chopped onion
12 ounces cream cheese
2 Tbls. mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce (be sure to measure it ;-)
Cocktail Rye bread
Peel and grate the cucumber. Put cucumber into a strainer that has been lined with cheesecloth. Place the strainer over a bowl and refrigerate for an hour. Wring as much liquid as possible from the bag. Combine all ingredients, adding more mayonnaise if necessary to get a spreading consistency.
Either way, I use a double batch for my 100 person tea party and I make the spread part several days ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend. Sandwiches are assembled the day of the tea.