Traditional Cucumber Sandwiches

Sandwiches are a really simple meal, created originally in Britain during the 18th-century by John Montagu (4th Earl of Sandwich) and now available across Europe, in many different formats. The sandwich is so versatile and there are such a variety of fillings that it would be impossible to list them all here. Therefore, we have included only the most traditional recipes, that use true British ingredients.

Traditional Cucumber Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • English butter (at room temperature)
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Cress (optional)

Preparation

  1. Lay both slices of bread on a chopping board and thinly spread with butter using a table knife.

  2. Wash the cucumber, peel off the skin if it is waxed and slice thinly.
  3. Cover one slice of bread with slices of cucumber and sprinkle with cress (optional).
  4. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the other slice of bread on top and trim off the crusts.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the sandwich diagonally across the corners to form triangles.

Cheese and Pickle Sandwiches

Ingredients

English Sandwich and Orange Juice

  • 2 slices of bread (white, brown or wholemeal)
  • English butter (at room temperature)
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp of mixed pickle


Preparation

  1. Lay both slices of bread on a chopping board and thinly spread with butter using a table knife.
  2. Using a cheese wire or slice, cut thick slices of Cheddar Cheese and place on one slice of bread.
  3. Spread a layer of mixed pickle on to the cheese and place the other slice of bread on top.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut the sandwich diagonally across the corners to form two triangles.

Serving Suggestions

If you are preparing sandwiches for a tea party, cut the sandwich again diagonally across the other two corners, to form four smaller triangles. Arrange on a plate with other sandwiches, with the crusts facing down.

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