Cucumber, Hummus, and Lemon Tea Sandwiches Recipe
- 1/2 medium English cucumber (about 8 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
- 1 1/2 medium lemons
- 8 slices nutty oat bread
- 1 cup hummus
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, slice the cucumber into paper-thin rounds, about 1/16 inch thick. Place the slices in a colander or sieve set over a bowl, sprinkle them with the measured salt, and toss to combine. Set aside to drain for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, using the mandoline or very sharp knife, slice the lemons into paper-thin rounds about 1/16 inch thick, removing any seeds as you go; set them aside.
- Using a rolling pin, flatten each slice of bread to half its original thickness. Spread 2 tablespoons of the hummus evenly on 1 side of each slice of bread and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
- When the cucumbers are ready, lightly blot them with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. Shingle the cucumber slices over the hummus on 4 slices of bread (about 12 slices per sandwich). Top the cucumbers with a layer of lemon slices (about 4 slices per sandwich).
- Close the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread. Trim the crusts, and make 2 diagonal cuts on each sandwich to form 4 triangles.
Beverage pairing: Voss Sauvignon Blanc, Napa. The well-defined flavors of lime, melon, and grass make this a good pair with the sharp, refreshing flavors in the sandwich. Also, the wine features a nice interplay between crispness and creaminess, just like the sandwiches.