These cute little Cucumber and Mascarpone Cheese Sandwiches would made a great addition to an Easter brunch, Mother’s Day or a graduation party this year. A traditional English sandwich with a little bit of an Italian twist!
Does everyone remember “party sandwiches” growing up? I’m pretty sure every single birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower and everything in between had small party sandwiches. I remember there always being ham and cheese with mayonnaise and always cut in small triangles. Those used to be the best.
These British style Cucumber Mascarpone Cheese Sandwiches are exactly that, a party sandwich. Typically eaten with afternoon tea with Scones and maybe some kind of petit fours or cookies. Sounds great to me! These would also be great so serve alongside 25 + Grown Up Appetizers.
What are These Sandwiches Like
- Difficulty – A great easy sandwich that anyone can make.
- Taste – These sandwiches have a very soft and mild flavour. I would describe it as delicate. The bread is soft, the cheese as well is soft and the cucumber has a crunch. A nice combination.
- Serving – This recipes makes 16 mini square sandwiches. Feel free to up the recipe to make as many as you like. You can automatically change the servings in the recipe card.
- Bread – I used soft white sandwich bread for these sandwiches. It works best!
- Mascarpone cheese – This is a soft spreadable Italian cheese. It has a very mild flavour and is great in dips, for appetizers and on sandwiches.
- Cucumber – I used one medium sized cucumber and cut it into thin slices.
- Leafy greens – I used some fresh arugula in these sandwiches.
- Parsley – I added fresh chopped parsley to the mascarpone cheese.
- Seasonings – I only added cracked black pepper as a seasoniong.
REMEMBER, The full recipe and instructions can be found at the end of the post in the recipe card.
- Cut off the bread crust – Using a sharp knife, cut the crust off the bread.
- Slice cucumbers – Cut the cucumbers into thin slices. I kept the skin on the cucumber, but you can peel it if you prefer.
- Prepare Mascarpone spread – In a small bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, fresh chopped parsley and the black pepper. Stir well to combine.
- Put together sandwiches – Generously spread the mascarpone cheese over all the slices of bread. Top half of the bread slices with arugula leaves and top that with cucumber slices. Lay the other piece of bread on top and firmly press down.
- Cut – Cut each sandwich into 4 small squares.
- Serve – Arrange the sandwiches on a plate topped with a half of a thin slice of cucumber and serve.
If you are having a party or get together, it’s always nice to get as much done as you can in advance. Although you cannot fully put these sandwiches together until about a few hours before serving. There are some prep ahead tips that you can follow.
- Prep ahead mascarpone filling – You can make this up to two days before using and jut cover it and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Prep ahead cucumber slices – You can slice the cucumber up to two days before using. Just cover them with plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge for freshness.
- Assemble before serving – For best results I don’t recommend making these sandwiches until about two hours before serving. Keep them stored in the fridge in an airtight container until serving.
- White sandwich bread – Ideally soft white bread is best for these sandwiches. These are meant to be light bites so you don’t want heavy bread. You could opt for a soft whole wheat bread if you prefer.
- Arugula – In place of arugula you could use watercress, romaine lettuce, swiss chard or baby spinach.
- Parsley – You can opt for fresh mint, basil, fresh chives or dill.
- Mascarpone cheese – Philadelphia cream cheese, ricotta cheese or butter can be used.
- Cucumber – I used a regular cucumber but you could use English cucumber – those are the long thin ones. Alternatively, you can even use radishes.
What to Serve With Tea Sandwiches
- Light and Fluffy Scones
- Apricot and Coconut Loaf Cake
- Zesty Lemon Loaf Cake
- Leek & Bacon Mini Quiche
- Summer Berry Salad
- Soft lemon Cookies
Frequently Asked Questions
A traditional cucumber sandwich is a tea or finger sandwich with no crust. The white bread is buttered with thin slices of cucumber.
Lay the cucumber slices out on paper towels and lightly sprinkle over salt. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then put the slices on the buttered bread.
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Cucumber and Mascarpone Cheese Sandwiches
- 8 slices white sandwich bread
- 1/2 large cucumber
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup Arugula
- flat leaf parsley finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Using a sharp knife, cut the crust off the bread.
- Cut the cucumbers into thin slices. I kept the skin on the cucumber, but you can peel it if you prefer.
- In a small bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, fresh chopped parsley and the black pepper. Stir well to combine.
- Generously spread the mascarpone cheese over all the slices of bread. Top half of the bread slices with arugula leaves and top that with cucumber slices. Lay the other piece of bread on top and firmly press down.
- Cut each sandwich into 4 small squares.
- Arrange the sandwiches on a plate topped with a half of a thin slice of cucumber and serve.
*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.