Cucumber and Cream Cheese Crostini

A simple cucumber crostini with garlic cream cheese and a touch of chile. #crostini @mjskitchen


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.

Crostini with cucumber slices, cream cheese and a sprinkle of red chile powder
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Cucumber Crostini with Cream Cheese Recipe
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
An easy little appetizer or light lunch that is crunchy, creamy and a little spicy.

*See Kitchen Notes for substitutions and further information.

Course: Appetizer, Light Lunch, Vegetarian
Yields: 6 appetizers
Recipe Author: MJ of MJ's Kitchen
  • 4 ounces 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)
  • Sea salt
  • Red Chile powder or paprika
For sandwiches
  1. 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.
  2. Spread about 1 Tbsp. of cream cheese mixture on each slice depending on the size of the slice.
  3. Top with a few slices of cucumber, a sprinkling of sea salt and some chile powder.
For appetizers
  1. Using a cookie cutter, cut the bread into small rounds (a little bigger than a slice of cucumber).
  2. Lightly toast the rounds on both sides under the broiler.
  3. Spread a little of the cream cheese mixture on each round and top with a cucumber slice.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and chile powder.
Kitchen Notes

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

Bread – You can use just about any bread you want.  A crusty Italian bread on hand works great.  Toasted and non-toasted bread both work great, but for appetizers, the toasted bread holds up better.


Chile Powder – Chile powder (with an "e") provides a spicy little kick in every bite.  If you don't like spicy, you can use paprika or smoked paprika.


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



A simple cucumber crostini with garlic cream cheese and a touch of chile. #crostini @mjskitchen


If you enjoy cucumbers as much as we do, check out this list of cucumber recipes.



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



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57 Responses to “Cucumber and Cream Cheese Crostini”

  1. Camille February 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    This make me long for summer! I’m hosting an Iron Chef Mom link party and this week our secret ingredient is cream cheese. I’d love it if you came and linked up this recipe!

    • mj February 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks Camille! I will head over right now!

  2. Janani February 11, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    I dont know if ur a professional photographer but u take amazing pics. It looks like I am viewing some food magazine loving it.

    • mj February 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you so much for your nice comment Janani! No, I’m not a professional photographer. I consider myself an amateur food photographer, but my husband is a professional photographer, so I have a really, really good teacher! 🙂

  3. madge | the vegetarian casserole queen July 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Dill and cucumber make a wonderfully refreshing combination! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. Miz Helen July 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi MJ,
    I just love cucumber sandwiches and your recipe looks delicious, it is perfect for a summers afternoon on the porch with a tall glass of iced tea. Hope you are having a great holiday week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Elsa July 3, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    My neighbor just stopped by my house yesterday with a huge bag of cucumbers that her brother grew. I now have a use for them! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul! Your recipe has been highlighted on my blog this week.

  6. April @ The 21st Century Housewife July 2, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    What a lovely twist on traditional cucumber sandwiches – with a lovely zing as well! These would be perfect for summer entertaining – I can’t wait to try them!

  7. Alyssa June 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    These look really good. I have never had cucumber sandwiches before. I really like the little appetizer ones. Thanks for sharing on Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  8. Sally April 27, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Great idea for a cucumber sandwich! Love the addition of the red chile powder.

  9. Magic of Spice April 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Those look wonderful! Such a refreshing take on the cucumber sandwich…love it!

  10. Susan with Permanent Posies April 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Red chile powder…..Yum! I have never had a cucumber sammy with paprika or red chile powder. I am going to try it tomorrow!

  11. love cooking April 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    This looks so yummy. I like the combination of chili powder with cucumber, refreshing and hot, really brilliant idea. Serve as finger food during party, sure it will be selling fast. 🙂

  12. ginny April 11, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    how simple and refreshing. I love smoked paprika, think I will try this ASAP 😉

  13. Liz April 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I just love cucumbers! This looks so refreshing and delicious…and I love the sprinkle of red red chile powder for garnish…beautiful!

  14. Megan and Emily @WhimsicallyHomemade April 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Very elegant and classy. I really like this recipe and I’ve pinned into my favorite recipes board. Thanks for sharing.

  15. easyfoodsmith April 10, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    I am so tempted by your beautiful presentation and the lovely flavours.

  16. Biren @ Roti n Rice April 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    I love cucumber sandwiches with my afternoon tea as they are so refreshing. I like the idea of sprinkling some red pepper on the top to give it a little heat. The appetizer bites are great too!

  17. Sanjeeta kk April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I could forgo any meal for a simple and healthy sandwich of this crostini..

  18. vianney April 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Great cucumber crostini, love the added spice! perfect for a cool evening on the porch!

  19. peachkins April 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    love this recipe! It’s simple, healthy and delish!

  20. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles April 9, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    MJ, your initial photo was so captivating that I was already convinced before scrolling down to the recipe ;-). I’m especially smitten with the line of paprika running down the middle of your cucumber bites. Fabulous!

  21. kitchenriffs April 9, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I haven’t had a cucumber sandwich in ages! And now I want one. With chili powder, please. Because, like you, I like spicy stuff. Really nice pictures. And a really nice post! Thanks.

  22. Lisa April 9, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I love cucumber and can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

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

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

  26. 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. 🙂

  27. 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!

  28. 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! 🙂

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

    Mmm, looks delicious!

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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! 😀 Cream cheese… cucumber… bread… Oh, a match made in heaven it is!

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

    Cute little cucumber sandwich.

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

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

    Nicely presented and love this light and spicy sandwich!

  41. 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.

  42. 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. 🙂

  43. 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

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

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

  45. 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! 🙂

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

    SImple yet so tasty! I love your presentation!

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

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

  48. 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!

  49. 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. 🙂

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

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

  51. 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.

  52. 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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