Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Creamy Ranch Cucumber Sandwiches
Happy Tuesday! Yesterday was such a huge laundry day that it's carrying over to today! I tackled Ben's laundry yesterday, so today I'm addressing what remains. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Again, I've got my crock pot humming...decided to cook Wednesday's brisket ahead. Blake's out mowing the lawn before we get more rain...so we are moving along this morning; getting things done!
I wanted to mention that if you are one of those "nurturing types" who likes to coddle end-of-season plants (the ones that didn't get chosen) back to life , now is the time to check all plant dealers! I stopped by a local nursery on Friday afternoon to buy a Texas Yellow Bell for my landscaping project, and got several little pots of perennials for a few dollars. They had them on a cart that looked like it was the "last chance" cart. It didn't have a clearance sign, but when I asked about them I was told to choose what I liked and the guy would give me a good price. (They were just trying to clear them out of the way, because the fall plants are coming in.) So to you gardeners who have more time and patience than money....go ye!
Here's a favorite recipe of mine that I like only when I can get summer cucumbers. This sandwich is also good with a slice of summer tomato or Vidalia onion on it. The Ranch spread really makes it a special sandwich for lunch. If you need a sandwich for a Tea or other fancy occasion, this is good just with the cucumber filling (you don't want to have "onion breath" at the Tea!)
1 to 2 loaves of thin sandwich bread
2 to 3 TBSP dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
4 to 6 TBSP milk
2 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly-sliced
Use a small biscuit cutter to cut rounds the size of the cucumber slice. Blend other ingredients. Spread spread a thin layer, then add cucumber slice and sprinkle lightly with paprika. Arrange on tray with lettuce and cherry tomatoes.
For a regular summer lunch sandwich: Use 2 slices of bread. Spread thin layer of filling; layer of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions (any vegetable from your garden that you like) and finish with other slice of bread. Fix a big glass of iced tea and you're ready for lunch!
I'll be at BlessewithGrace's swap today.