Cucumber Watercress Sandwiches

These cucumber watercress sandwiches are the perfect finger food recipe for a springtime baby shower. This tea sandwich recipe couldn’t be easier to make!

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Creating This Watercress Sandwich Recipe

We’re celebrating our friend Amanda, from I am Baker, today with a Baby Shower! Amanda is expecting a sweet baby boy a week from today, so for the past few weeks a group of food blogging friends and I have been secretly scheming and planning for this surprise Virtual Shower.

I’m so glad that the secret is over and that I can finally share this cucumber watercress sandwich recipe with you!

Get a group of food bloggers together to plan a baby shower and of course you’re going to end up with a show-stopping menu. I wish we could have been closer to celebrate Amanda’s little arrival together. It would have been great to spend an afternoon with these ladies that I chat with on a regular basis — and enjoy all the yummy baby shower recipes we are sharing.

Cucumber tea sandwiches have always felt a little sandwich you would munch on for a baby shower. I’m glad I had an excuse to share this yummy recipe with you. It’s the perfect springtime sandwich recipe to put together and so easy for a luncheon party.

For this cucumber watercress sandwich recipe I took things up a notch. Instead of a simple cream cheese and cucumber sandwich, I blended cream cheese with a garlic and herb Boursin and included sliced radishes and watercress.

What is Watercress?

Watercress is a cruciferous vegetable that’s related to horseradish and mustard greens. It has a peppery flavor (similar to arugula) and is quite crisp. You can enjoy it raw or cooked, and a little goes a long way. Watercress is an underrated superfood that’s jam packed with fiber, vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and more!

What’s in This Watercress Sandwich?

For this watercress and cucumber tea sandwich recipe, you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Garlic and herb boursin
  • Fresh chives
  • English cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Watercress
  • White sandwich bread
  • Pumpernickel sandwich bread
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How to Make Watercress Sandwiches

To make these watercress tea sandwiches, you’ll first need to cream together the cream cheese and boursin before stirring in the chopped chives. Cut the crusts off the bread (save the crust to make homemade croutons later!) and slice the veggies.

Spread one side of the bread with the cream cheese mixture, then top with sliced radish, cucumber, and a few watercress leaves. Slice the tea sandwiches into triangles and enjoy!

Whether you’re making these as baby shower sandwiches or simply want to treat yourself to a little something special, you’re sure to love them!

Is There a Watercress Substitute I Can Use?

Watercress is quite unique, so I’m not sure if you can use a substitute in these cucumber tea sandwiches. Arugula will give you a similar flavor, but it’s not crisp at all.

Can I Make These Tea Sandwiches in Advance?

I don’t recommend making these watercress sandwiches too far in advance since the cucumber slices will make the bread soggy after a while. But you can definitely slice the veggies and make the cream cheese spread a few hours in advance and assemble the sandwiches just before you go to the baby shower (or whatever event you’re making these for).

Tips for Making Watercress Sandwiches

I used regular sandwich bread and pumpernickel sandwich bread for these tea sandwiches, but you can use any bread you like. Just try to get your hands on thinly sliced bread to make these tea sandwiches more authentic.

Note that you want to use brick-style cream cheese for this recipe, and it needs to be at room temperature so you can blend it more easily with the boursin.

If you have a mandoline, definitely use it to slice the veggies thinly. It’ll save you a lot of time and the veggies will all be an even width.

More Finger Food Recipes:

Everyone goes crazy for these Roasted Tomato Crostini with Pesto! These are perfectly crispy and so flavorful.

You could easily make this Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich into tea sandwiches as well.

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love these Mini Jalapeño Popper Pretzel Pizzas (try saying that five times fast!).

These Greek Puff Pastry Bites are made with olives, bell pepper, feta, and more for a seriously flavorful appetizer.

I like to make these Berry Frozen Yogurt Bites during the summer, but they make for a refreshing bite-sized dessert year-round.

What’s your favorite sandwich topping?

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Cucumber Watercress Sandwiches

Cucumber Watercress Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These cucumber watercress sandwiches are the perfect finger food recipe for a springtime baby shower. This tea sandwich recipe couldn’t be easier to make!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 5 ounces Garlic and Herb Boursin
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons fresh chives, sliced plus extra for garnish
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • white sandwich bread
  • pumpernickel sandwich bread

Instructions

    1. In a small food processor, combine the cream cheese and boursin, pureeing until well blended and combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in sliced fresh chives. Set aside.
    2. Slice the cucumber and radishes into 1/8 inch thick slices.*
    3. Cut crusts off the bread (you can save the crusts to make homemade croutons for another use). Spread one side of each slice with the cream cheese mixture.
    4. Top with sliced cucumber, radish, and a few watercress leaves. Then top with another slice of bread. Cut into triangles.
    5. To garnish: tie a stem of chive in a knot. Place on top of the sandwich and skewer with a toothpick.

Notes

*If you have a mandoline, definitely use it to slice the veggies thinly. It’ll save you a lot of time and the veggies will all be an even width.

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The {i am baker} Virtual Baby Shower Menu:

Drinks

TidyMom — Ducky Bath Blue Punch

Savory Bites

Dine and Dish — Stuffed Mushrooms
GoodLife Eats — Cucumber Sandwich Recipe
My Baking Addiction — Crab Rangoons
Simple Bites — Spring Crudité, Buttermilk-Black Pepper Dip

Desserts

A Farmgirl’s Dabbles — {i am baby} cakes
Bakers Royale — Baby Shower Cupcakes
Bluebonnets and Brownies — Mini Fruit Pizzas
Food for My Family — Baby Shower Macarons
Gourmande in the Kitchen — Chocolate Blueberry Truffles
My Kitchen Addiction — Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
She Wears Many Hats — “B” is for Boy – Itty Bitty Baby Cupcakes

Last But Not Least

Wenderly — A Bundle of Bebe Cards for the Bundle of Joy