Hartford House

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Fancy but simple Cucumber Sandwiches Recipe

Fancy Cucumber Sandwiches Photo : Jackie Cameron

Fancy Cucumber Sandwiches
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Fancy but simple Cucumber Sandwiches

Ingredients :

  • 2 cucumbers, degorge - sprinkle with salt and leave overnight in a colander to remove any excess water-on service rinse in cold water and squeeze all liquid out
  • Mayonnaise
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 5ml Dijon Mustard
  • 1 cloves of Garlic - finely chopped
  • 5ml warm Water
  • 80ml Olive Oil
  • 80ml Sunflower Oil
  • 5ml Lemon Juice
  • 5ml warm Water
  • 1 loaf bread, use a cutter and for every slice you must get 4 rounds, butter these well as a "sealant"

Method (Mayonnaise) :

  1. Whisk the egg yolks, mustard, garlic and water (the first amount) very well until thick and creamy in colour.
  2. Add both of the oils, to form a permanent emulsion, very slowly. (Chef's note: This will prevent the Mayonnaise from splitting and will result in a thick consistency. A perfect situation is when a spoon can stand up right in the Mayonnaise when finished. A lot of whisking!)
  3. Finish with lemon juice and warm water and set aside.
  4. Mix the "washed" cucumber with the mayonnaise and make mini cucumber sandwiches with the bread.
  5. Serve with little rocket flowers or finely sliced lettuce as a traditional garnish so ensuring the sandwiches do not dry out.

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Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713