Lemon Drop Afternoon Tea Cucumber Sandwiches

Spring has arrived and it’s time to par-TEA!

And who best to consult with for some delicious tea-filled recipes, then fellow foodie and author of the flavorful Branson Spice Girl blog, Veronica?

Lemon Drop Afternoon Tea Cucumber Sandwiches

Created to pair well with the spring flavors of our Limited Time Offer Teas, these Lemon Drop Afternoon Tea Cucumber Sandwiches are the perfect dish for tea parties and make for an impressive appetizer for spring gatherings. Each delicate bite features Lemon Drop Mate Tea for herbaceous flavor with lively touches of lemon.

Serve with Berries & Cream Lamingtons and your favorite pitcher of hot tea for the perfect, relaxing spring tea party.

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Lemon Drop Afternoon Tea Cucumber Sandwiches
serves 12

Ingredients
Lemon Drop Afternoon Tea Cucumber Sandwiches
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
1 tsp Lemon Drop Mate Tea (or sub ½ tsp Mint Basil Herbal Tea)
1 pinch Lemon-Garlic Pepper Seasoning or Coastal Blend Seasoning (optional)

From the Grocer
1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 TBS chives
1 clove fresh garlic
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¼ cup plain mayonnaise
1 (1 pound) loaf sliced bread, crusts removed

Preparation
PLACE cucumber slices between 2 paper towels set in a colander. Allow liquid to drain, about 10 minutes.
IN a food processor, add chives, garlic clove, and Lemon Drop Mate Tea. Pulse into a fine mince. Add cream cheese and mayonnaise. Mix until creamy and well incorporated.
SPREAD cream cheese mixture evenly on one side of each bread slice.
DIVIDE cucumber slices over half of the bread slices; sprinkle Lemon-Garlic Pepper Seasoning (or Coastal Blend Seasoning) on cucumber.
STACK the other half of the bread slices with spread sides down over the cucumber slices to make sandwiches.

Note: This can be made healthier by using low-fat cream cheese and plain non-fat Greek yogurt (in place of the mayo) on a whole grain bread. This spread can be used to dip fresh vegetables or as a spread for veggie wraps.

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About the Recipe Developer:
Veronica Dearing is the owner of The Spice & Tea Exchange of Branson.  She has a background in both culinary arts and natural health.  Her passion for food and flavor brings a unique style to her cooking, which she shares on her blog at www.bransonspicegirl.com.  You can find her sharing favorite recipes or healthy living tips on her social channels Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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