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