Sunday, May 18, 2014

Benedictine and Watercress Sandwiches


I love entertaining.  I mean, I LOVE it.  Feeding people makes me happy.  Sadly, life gets in the way and doesn't leave a whole lot of time for friends to get together.  However, with my friend Lori's birthday coming up, I knew that would be a perfect chance to get a couple of my girls together for a lite lunch! 

Entertaining doesn't have to be difficult.  You don't have to slave over a stove for hours.  It doesn't need to be fancy or time consuming.  It's mostly about bringing people together.  So before you get yourself all stressed out, remember those words.  Also, don't try new dishes.  You're just asking for disaster.  

I've said it before and I'll say it again; in Kentucky we love our sandwich spreads.  Not only can they be used for sandwiches, but also as dips for crackers or veggies.  This benedictine is perfect for veggies.  It's light, cool and refreshing.  Perfect for a lunch on a warm summer day.  If you're feeling exceptionally daring you could add some buttermilk to it, thin it out and make it into a salad dressing.  I've not tried this.  It just occurred to me.  I will be walking straight into my kitchen when I wrap this up and trying that out though.

You're probably asking yourself, what in the world is benedictine?  Excellent question and I'm about to tell you.  It's a mixture of cucumbers, onions and cream cheese.  What could be better than that, right?  Think about this recipe when your garden is overflowing with those cucumbers later this summer.  It's a great way to use them up!  The most difficult part of this recipe is getting all the water out of the cucumber, which really isn't that hard.  So, you're welcome.  

Around these parts you can find benedictine in the grocery stores.  It's normally a mint green color.  The color frightens me.  There's no point in buying it when you can make it just as easily!

There are lots of things you can add to make this sandwich great.  I choose watercress because I like how this peppery herb kicks it up a notch and I wanted to keep it on the vegetarian side.  Many people add bacon, which, I mean, it's bacon.  You can't go wrong there, right?  Micro greens or any lettuce you might have growing in your garden would also be a fantastic addition.  Experiment with it and let me know what you come up with!


Benedictine Spread

Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
1-2 tablespoon white onion, finely diced
2 heaping tablespoons mayo
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper

To start, peel the cucumber and slice in half, length-wise.  With a spoon, scoop out the seeds.  Roughly chop the cucumber and place into a food processor or food chopper.  Place in a fine mesh strainer to drain the water off of the cucumber or simple place the chopped cucumber on a paper towel and squeeze the water out of it.  

In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, cucumber, onion, garlic powder, mayonnaise, salt and black pepper.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.  It's best to refrigerate overnight.  

For the sandwiches, spread the benedictine on one slice of your favorite bread.  Top with a few pieces of watercress to add a peppery punch to your sandwich.  Top with another slice of bread.  Serve.

What do you like to serve when entertaining?  Who are some of your favorite guests?  I'm partial to my girlfriends and my parents.  


1 comment:

  1. This sounds so yummy, I love cucumber & can't wait 'til my mom's garden produces some (I have a brown thumb, so I rely on her garden for my fresh veggies)! Thanks for sharing it on The Yuck Stops Here Link Party this week! I look forward to seeing what you bring to the party next week! HUGS

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