Tonight was the season premiere of Gossip Girl.
Clearly, that’s an occasion for champagne and adorable little party sandwiches.
I made some tzatziki sauce (or, well, an approximation thereof…I wasn’t using a recipe), sliced up the rest of the cucumber, and cut some pumpernickel into neat little crust-free pieces. It makes for a cute little party sandwich that’s ready in almost no time.
pre-sliced pumpernickel bread (I bought Beefsteak brand)
half of one medium-sized cucumber
Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
5.3 oz Greek yogurt (I used Oikos brand)
half of one medium-sized cucumber, peeled and seeded (3 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped)
1/2 tbsp fresh ground pepper
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp lime juice
If you happen to have a food processor, you can chop the cucumber up into little tiny bits with that. If you don’t (guess who doesn’t?), you can use a vegetable peeler to peel off very thin strips of cucumber, and then chop the thin slices with a knife. It works amazingly well, and the cucumber bits end up just as small as they would in a food processor. Chop up 3 1/2 tablespoons of cucumber.
Spoon the yogurt into a bowl, and mix in the cucumber, garlic, lime juice, pepper, and olive oil. Stir until well-blended, and refrigerate.
Stack several slices of pumpernickel bread on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, trim off the crusts and cut the bread into neat rectangles. I managed to cut two rectangles per slice of bread. Snack on the crusts while you assemble the sandwiches.
Spoon a dollop of the cucumber yogurt sauce onto each slice of bread. Top with a slice of cucumber and a sprinkling of dill weed. Serve chilled.
My roommate just yelled the sauce ingredients to me from the kitchen while I posted this. Like I said, it may or may not count as real tzatziki sauce because I totally just glanced at the Wikipedia entry and approximated some measurements. It passes Miss Roommate’s “Greek test,” which is good enough for me.
These go quite well with champagne and guilty-pleasure TV.