Cucumber Goat Cheese Sandwiches

So, we all know what is coming up this weekend, right?  That’s right…we mamas are getting our day in the sun.  We know you love us to bits and pieces all year long, but it’s still great to have a day where you bring us breakfast in bed and make us homemade cards and where we try our darndest to let you make whatever delicious treat you are making us for Mother’s Day without giving you all kinds of helpful advice about how you could be doing it better.  That works best if the Mother’s Day chefs have fun but easy recipes to work with, and that is where these adorable cucumber goat cheese sandwiches come in.

But first, I need you to admire my own mama.  Here we are in our early days together…

Doesn’t she look all kinds of Mad Men-type beautiful?  With the gorgeous hair and the teeny cinch-waisted belt dress…right after she obviously just had a baby?

And here I am with my own baby.  Note that approximately two years after giving birth, I am wearing a voluminous sweatshirt.  At least I managed to get the red-headed baby part right.  Vertical pigtails and all.

I am so lucky to be able to say that all three of us will be getting together this Sunday, along with various other mothers and fathers and aunts and uncles and siblings of all kinds, and I will do my level best not to horn in on whatever other people are preparing, even if it is in my own kitchen.  Maybe they will try these cute little sandwiches, which are perfect for a Mother’s Day tea or brunch or even with a nice Mother’s Day glass of merlot at the end of the day.

You want to take slices of soft, thinly sliced bread.  If you can’t find the thinly sliced kind, just use regular and roll it a little with your handy rolling pin to flatten it out a bit.  Now spread the bread with a generous amount of goat cheese and cream cheese mixed up with chives  (and if you are not a goat cheese person, all cream cheese is just fine).  Next, layer thin slices of cucumber in slightly overlapping rows on the bread.  I VERY CAREFULLY sliced mine with my mandoline, but you can slice it with a knife too.

Now for the very fun part: take your favorite cookie cutter and press down firmly, cutting through the cuke and the bread.  I have star shaped cookie cutters that come in all different sizes, so I was able to get a few different sandwiches from each piece of bread, but if you have your own favorite cookie cutters, feel free!  As you can see from the picture, I did a mixture of both open faced sandwiches, and sandwiches topped with a second piece of bread.  I liked the open faced ones better for eating – they were a little more delicate – but you can’t go wrong either way.

Now go hug your mother please.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Cucumber Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Yield: 12-24 sandwiches, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

Cucumber Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients

4 ounces goat cheese at room temperature (you can sub in all cream cheese if you want!)
4 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1 cucumber, sliced very thin
12-18 slices soft thin white bread

Directions

1. Mix together cheeses and chives. Taste and season with salt and pepper if you think it needs it.
2. Spread 12 slices of bread with the cheese mixture. Layer the cucumber slices on top, layering them just a little bit on the sides. If you want a few sandwiches that aren't open-faced, top 6 of them with the remaining slices of bread.
3. Using your favorite small cookie cutter, press down through the sandwiches until they are fully cut through.
4. Arrange on a pretty plate - these are perfect with a cup of tea or a glass of white wine!

 

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  1. Karen Nelson says:

    Lovely little idea:-)… love your pictures and the generational
    Mothers Day you will have. Enjoy and cherish the precious times with your mom
    Kate… I know you do!
    Hugs and Happy Mom’s Day

  2. Aww I adore the red hair on you guys! So cute!

    And I adore these sandwiches. Totally brunch-worthy!

  3. These sandwiches are adorable! I love goat cheese :)

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