T'S BENEDICTINE TEA SANDWICHES

Teresa G.

By
@BlueGinghamApron

Benedictine is a very unique green cucumber flavored spread that was born in my native state, Kentucky. These benedictine and bacon tea sandwiches are traditional Derby Day fare, but everyone loves them, so they're welcome anytime. They are wonderfully cool and delicious appetizers for cocktail parties, picnics or afternoon teas. Even folks who say they don't care for cucumbers love benedictine. This is my version of the Kentucky classic. (For vegetarians, just omit the bacon slices from the sandwich assembly.)


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Serves:

Many

Prep:

30 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

FOR THE SPREAD

8 oz
cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp
cucumber juice (1 medium small fresh cucumber)
1 Tbsp
sweet onion juice (1 small onion)
1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
lemon juice
5 drops
green food color gel (optional)

FOR SANDWICH ASSEMBLY

bread slices, crusts removed (white bread is traditional, but use what you like)
prepared benedictine
crisp cooked bacon slices
quick pickled cucumber slices (optional, see *note)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Peel cucumber; grate over a bowl, using a micro plane or fine grater.
2
Pour pulp and juice into a coffee filter placed in a small strainer over small bowl; gather ends of filter and gently squeeze and press to release juice into bowl.
3
Measure 3 tablespoons cucumber juice into another small bowl. Discard remaining juice and pulp.
4
Repeat process with onion for 1 tablespoon juice to add to cucumber juice.
5
To combined juices, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice and 5 drops of green food color gel; stir and mix well; set aside.
6
In a small mixing bowl, use a fork to mash cream cheese well.
7
Gradually add juice, mixing and mashing with fork until well incorporated and smooth.
8
Cover and refrigerate (for up to one week) before serving.
9
To assemble sandwiches, cut each piece of crustless bread into 4 equal squares or 3 equal rectangles using a serrated knife.
10
Spread benedictine on each piece of bread.
11
Place 1/2 strip of bacon on half of the rectangles, or place 1/3 strip of bacon on 1/2 of the squares; place pickled cucumber slices on bacon, if using.
12
Place remaining pieces, benedictine side down, on pieces with bacon.
13
Cover and refrigerate until served. Serve cold or room temperature.
14
*Note: Link for quick pickles MOM'S QUICK PICKLES