Friday, July 27, 2007

Favorite Ingredients Friday for July 27

Okay, now this Friday it really is the appetizer and snack theme at Favorite Ingredients Friday. I have lots of appetizer recipes I could share, but I chose this one because it's light and summery and so good with the fresh garden cucumbers. Enjoy!


8 ounces cream cheese
1 pkg. dry Italian salad dressing mix
Party rye bread (about 1 loaf)
Cucumber slices (1 to 2 cucumbers)
Paprika or salad seasoning, optional

Combine the cream cheese and salad dressing mix. Spread the mixture on slices of party rye bread. Top each open-face sandwich with a cucumber slice. If desired, sprinkle each with paprika or dry salad seasoning. Refrigerate until serving, and be sure to refrigerate any leftovers.

These little sandwiches make a great appetizer. They also work very well as a tea party type of sandwich.

If, like me, you prefer to make your own dry Italian dressing mix, here is the recipe I use.


1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. each: pepper, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sweet red pepper flakes
Pinch of paprika

In a custard cup or small bowl, mix all together. Whirl briefly in a blender if you like a finer texture (I skip this step). Makes the equivalent of 1 packet Italian dressing mix. May double or triple the recipe if you need more than one packet of mix in whatever you’re making.


  1. oh this does sound refreshing!

  2. This sounds like a good summer treat and since I have a whole box of cucumbers fresh from someone elses garden, I may have to try this.

  3. Both of these recipes sound fantastic! I"m really going to have to try the cucumber sandwiches. :)

    Thanks for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange! I do appreciate it!


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