Cucumber and Cream Cheese Crostini


Last summer I stopped by a friend’s house to pick some fresh basil (she had tons!), and she served afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches.  The sandwiches weren’t much more than a slice of cucumber on bread, but they were so refreshing and tasty. I had never had a cucumber sandwich before then.

So for lunch last week I decided to make a little fancier cucumber sandwich.  I had some cream cheese, a cucumber and half a loaf of Italian bread. These ingredients lead to these tasty little cucumber crostinis.  I’ve made them twice in the past week and then Saturday night turned them into little appetizer bites and took them to a friend’s house for supper.  They were huge hit!



Kitchen Notes

This post does come with a warning – These are addicting!!!!!

Bread – You can use just about any bread you want.  I just happened to have a crusty Italian bread on hand and it worked great.  I made these with both toasted bread and non-toasted bread and loved both.  I think the appetizers hold up better on toasted bread.

Chile Powder – I loved the chile powder because it provided a little spice in every bite, and you know how I love spice!  However, if you don’t have any chile powder or you don’t like spicy, then a good quality paprika or smoked paprika works as a great replacement.

The citrus salad in the picture is a simple salad of cara cara oranges and Kalamata olives. It is a great complement to these sandwiches!  For a little bigger salad you could try my Sweet and Spicy Citrus Salad or Citrus Salad with Maple Dressing.


This recipe has been linked up to the following blog hops.  Be sure to click on the links to see more amazing recipes!

Mix It Up Monday, Fat Tuesday, Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits, Showcase Your Talent Thursday, Frugal Food Thursday, Bizzy’s Recipe Box, Mouthwatering Monday, Hearth and Soul, Full Plate Thursday, Totally Tasty Tuesday

This recipe was feature by the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop in July 2012.

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56 Responses to “Cucumber and Cream Cheese Crostini”

  1. Kitty April 9, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    I love cucumber sandwiches! Thanks for the reminder with the yummy pic.

  2. Quay Po Cooks April 8, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    This looks easy enough to make for me. I love the idea of adding chilli powder. What a pretty looking sandwich.

  3. Reem | Simply Reem April 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    This looks absolutely lovely…. Such perfectly presented…
    I love such light bites in summer…. Refreshing and yummy…

  4. Michi April 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Ooh, this looks so, so delicious! I LOVE cucumber, especially in Summer. My first month in Spain was an economic rough patch, and I happily lived off cucumber sandwiches for a few weeks. :)

  5. Sissi April 7, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I am addicted to cucumber and, in season or not, I have them all the time on sandwiches as a refreshing, crunchy accent. I am sure your sandwiches tasted great. They look beautiful too!

  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 7, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I actually have never tried cucumber sandwiches either but now I really need to try them with this fancy version of yours! :)

  7. Loveforfood April 7, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Mmm, looks delicious!

  8. Jen at The Three Little Piglets April 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Cucumber sandwiches are one of my favorite simple lunches – it’s light and healthy and always makes me feel better about eating dessert afterwards!

  9. Sawsan @ chef in disguise April 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I love cucmber sandwiches. I usually eat mine with labaneh.
    I love how colorful and vibrant your pictures and sandwiches are

  10. wok with ray April 6, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Wow, that looks fresh and very healthful and the vibrant spring colors are amazing. I love those little bites.

  11. France @ Beyond The Peel April 6, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I love the simplicity and I actually really like cucumber sandwiches. The cream cheese spread with the dip sounds wonderful.

  12. Viviane Bauquet Farre April 6, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    A super party appetizer or lovely brunch side on a warm spring day. I quite love the spices you´ve included, MJ. As always, I leave your blog inspired by the recipes and photography.

  13. Manu April 6, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    Ohhhh MJ!! These look divine! I too had never had cucumber sandwiches until a few months ago when I went out for high tea with some friends. There was so much food that I was going to pass on them… but then HAD to try one! And I was so glad I did! Delicious! And my 2 year old loves cucumber… I will have to make them for her (sans chile)! :-)

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    Happy Easter!

  14. fati's recipes April 6, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    I think that warning should be a bit bigger and bolder, because they sure look addictive!! In fact, they look beyond just that! I LOVE cucumber on it’s own, so this is like heavenly food for me! :D Cream cheese… cucumber… bread… Oh, a match made in heaven it is!

  15. Christine April 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Cute little cucumber sandwich.

  16. Charles April 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    What a wonderful way to jazz up the humble cucumber sandwich and darn, I wish I had your friend – oh to be able to just “stop by” and gather a big pile of fresh basil!

  17. Cucina49 April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Those look addictive indeed! I’m sure there’s a nice texture contrast between the soft bread and crunchy cucumber.

  18. Treat and Trick April 5, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Nicely presented and love this light and spicy sandwich!

  19. Food Jaunts April 5, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    I love those little cucumber tea sandwiches that places sometime served but have never made a version at home. Excellent addition of the spice to really take it up a bit.

  20. sally April 5, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    These are gorgeous little crostini and look so refreshing. They make me want to host a tea party so I can serve them. :)

  21. Mary April 5, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    Hi MJ! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet comment! Love, love, love me some cucumber sandwiches! I’ve never made them on toasted bread, but it sounds absolutely delicious and the appetizer rounds would be perfect for my Easter brunch this weekend! Loving the addition of the chili powder, too, but I’ll have to use a mild chili powder and/or the smoked paprika on half of them and the spicy/hot on the rest. Hubbs is the one with the asbestos tongue in our family… the rest of us are total wimps. ;~) Thanks a million for the great recipe and for the brunch idea! Hope you have an awesome weekend! ~Mary

  22. Suzi April 5, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    MJ these look wonderful and refreshing. Beautiful presentation too. Hope you are having a lovely week.

  23. Giulietta | Alterkitchen April 5, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Super easy and incredibly tasty! I’ll make them as soon as I’ll have the usual ton of cucumber in my garden :) Unfortunately I don’t eat them a lot (I have some problems in digesting them), but my mom will be glad.. she loves them! :)

  24. Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts April 5, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    SImple yet so tasty! I love your presentation!

  25. Baker Street April 5, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    You just took the simple cucumber sandwich up a notch! This looks irresistible MJ!

  26. Nami | Just One Cookbook April 5, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    This is beautiful!!! I like both way… both beautifully presented. I like sandwiches with cream cheese and cucumbers but this looks much better!

  27. Ramona April 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Wow.. these look really fabulous! I love cucumbers and I bet with all the cream cheese and seasoning they were fantastic on the crostini. :) Superb pictures too. :)

  28. Jane April 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    The tiny sandwiches are so cute! I can imagine they would be quite addicting! :)

  29. Judy@Savoring Today April 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Something about spring makes me yearn for more vegetables and these look quite springy indeed.

  30. Javelin Warrior April 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I LOVE cucumber sandwiches – I’ve had them a few ways before, but never with chili powder or cream cheese & these sound delicious…


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