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Cucumber sandwiches

Here in the U.S., cucumber sandwiches are thought to be an English thing. I’m not sure if that’s true, though it sounds reasonable, and stores here sometimes sell what we call “English cucumbers.”

In any case, when I was a boy in rural North Carolina, cucumbers were plentiful, but I had never heard of a cucumber sandwich. Tomato sandwiches were the only kind of garden sandwiches we knew. I probably first got the idea of cucumber sandwiches from literature. For years they’ve been staple when good cucumbers are to be had and if I’ve bought store-bought bread in a moment of weakness. The cucumber in the photo was picked yesterday at dusk. It went straight into the refrigerator and spent the night there.

The tomatoes are coming along, but I’m still some days away from the first tomato sandwich. I’ll have to buy another loaf of bread.

Several varieties of cucumber are grown in these parts, but I grow only old-fashioned pickling cucumbers. I haven’t pickled any for several years, but if the cucumber harvest exceeds what I can eat fresh, then I’ll make some refrigerator pickles.


  1. JamesM wrote:

    There are several wonderful German recipes with cucumber including stuffed with beef in a tomato sauce or smothered with beef and onions in a tomato sauce. And cucumber salad with sour cream, dill weed, and minced garlic. Yum. I’m not a fan of large seeds so I either seed mine or use the English (hothouse) variety.

    Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 6:57 am | Permalink
  2. JamesM wrote:

    Forgot to mention Cucumber Mousse, an elegant aspic with grated cucumbers and sour cream plus a Dijon mustard sauce drizzled over the top. Decadent!

    Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 7:00 am | Permalink
  3. daltoni wrote:

    JamesM: Yum!

    Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 7:04 am | Permalink
  4. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    Cucumber & Tomato on French bread. I like it it with Best Foods mayo and Romaine lettuce

    Friday, August 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

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