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. These simple sandwiches were the inspiration for the cucumber crostini with cream cheese.
This cucumber crostini is nothing more than seasoned cream cheese, a cucumber and half a loaf of Italian bread. However, they taste so much more than that. Simple ingredients like a roasted garlic and a touch of chile powder add that extra bit of flavor that make this cucumber crostini very special.
Cucumber Crostini with Cream Cheese Recipe
A lunch for 2 or appetizers for 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
4 ounces of cream cheese
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. dried dill weed
1 large roasted garlic clove smashed and chopped, or ¼ tsp. garlic paste or 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Italian bread sliced into six ½” slices
½ seedless cucumber, peeled (if desired), sliced to desired thickness (thin for the sandwiches, thicker for the appetizer)
Red Chile powder or paprika
- In a small bowl mixed together the cream cheese, black pepper, dill weed and garlic. If the cream cheese is too firm to mix, heat in microwave for about 15 seconds.
- Spread about 1 Tbsp. of cream cheese mixture on each slice depending on the size of the slice.
- Top with a few slices of cucumber, a sprinkling of sea salt and some chile powder.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut the bread into small rounds (a little bigger than a slice of cucumber).
- Lightly toast the rounds on both sides under the broiler.
- Spread a little of the cream cheese mixture on each round and top with a cucumber slice.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and chile powder.
This post does come with a warning – These cucumber crostinis 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 cucumber crostini 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, Carole’s Chatter on Friday
This recipe was feature by the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop in July 2012.