Jul 20, 2010

Summer Eating

My appetite is very attuned to the seasons. I love soups, chilis and stews in the Winter. Great Oktoberfest food in the Fall. Things like that. I'm not sure what I enjoy in the Spring. Huh.

Anyway, it's been hot as balls out this past few weeks here on Long Island. Just about everywhere in the Northeast and other parts of the nation, from what I've read and seen. Finding something to eat that both easy to prepare and doesn't require turning on an oven isn't the easiest thing in the world. But I found a quick and interesting recipe online yesterday. One that only required the barest minimum of tweaking to make it perfect.

Dill Cucumber Avocado Sandwiches

Things You'll Need:
8 slices of bread - we used some good old Country White.
1 large cucumber - peeled and cut in 1/4 inch slices.
2 ripe avocados - same as the cucumber.
8oz soft cream cheese
4oz sour cream
Fresh dill - as much as you like.
Ground pepper - same as the dill.
1 large lemon - or two teeny ones.

What You Do:
 - Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, chopped dill and ground pepper in a bowl.  Use as much dill and pepper as you like.  We used it all.  I mean...ALL OF IT!  You'll be lucky to find any fresh dill anywhere after we were done.  OK...it wasn't THAT much, but we like dill.
 - I'm assuming you know how to peel and slice cucumbers and avocados, right?  Well, there are some tricks with the avocado.  But I'm sure you'll figure it out.
 - Take the juice from the lemon(s) and drench the avocado slices.  Just soak 'em down.   
 - Spread the cream cheese dill mixture on one slice of bread.
 - Add a layer of cucumber.
 - Add a layer of lemony avocado slices.
 - Cover with another slice of bread.
 - Yum, yum...eat 'em up!

You can get all fancy-like and make little tea sandwiches out of these, but we just cut them in half and demolished them.  That recipe will definitely make a bit more than 4 sandwiches, by the way.  But how the hell am I supposed to know how many cucumbers, avocado slices or cream cheese you like on your sandwiches?  Sheesh!

We downed these bad boys with some sweet tea and some cole slaw and a pickle spear on the side.  All very refreshing in a Summer kinda way.  Enjoy!

Note: Remember to play the Badgerdaddy Trivia Challenge every day. Believe it or not, but the recipe I found included slices of SPAM.  Seriously.


SK Waller said...

Hell yeah, I'm trying this! It's been 100 here for the past four days.

Verdant Earl said...

Steph - We had a series of thunderstorms that ran through here this evening, but I don't think they cooled it down much. Supposed to be hot and humid again tomorrow.

RW said...

Sounds okay but can't do the avocado...

Verdant Earl said...

RW - I'm not normally a fan either, but the lemon helped out a lot. Feel free to substitute with sardines. Hey...that might actually taste pretty good! A cream cheese/dill/cucumber and sardine sammy.

Lifeofkaylen said...

I think this sounds delicious!!! Nice and light for the summer, but still filling.
Could you come make some for me though? I'm too lazy to make things that involve more than 3 or 4 ingredients.

Verdant Earl said...

Kaylen - I'll be right over. Make sure you have plenty of beer. ;)

sybil law said...

Yeah, I do not like avocado, but the rest sounds delicious! We make a lot of salads and grill here - this would be a great change from the norm. :)

Heff said...

I think the lemon actually helps keep the avocado from turning brown too...if there's any LEFT, lol.

Verdant Earl said...

Sybil - Yeah, I made a big horkin' salad and grilled up some bacon cheddar burgers the other night, but I sweat my ass off doing it. If only the outside grill was in AC... ;)

Heff - There is a little bit left over. Having it for lunch today. Yum yum...eat 'em up!

Suzi Q said...

Sounds dillicious! I'm having it tonight!

Verdant Earl said...

Suzi - Dillicious...I see what you did there! ;)

marty mankins said...

I like a good sandwich, especially light and tasty. I will have to try this recipe.

Avitable said...

Sounds good but too much work. Make one and bring it to me.

Verdant Earl said...

Marty - Very light and tasty.

Avitable - I'm one of those people that thinks that no amount of work is too hard or no distance to far to get the perfect sandwich. This one was a piece of cake compared to some of the craziness I've done. :)

Avitable said...

Did you ever read the Lawrence Sanders books? His characters always made the best sandwiches, especially retired cop Edward X. Delaney.

Verdant Earl said...

Avitable - I've read all the Edward Delaney books (the Deadly Sins books), but I had forgotten about his love of a great sandwich. Cool. It's a harmless obsession of mine. Gia is the direct beneficiary of it. She gets a great sandwich without any of the hard work. ;)

Kat said...

I love dill. And I really appreciate your desire to eat seasonally. It doesn't just make for better food, I truly believe it's better for your health.(It's also better for the local economy. Yay!)

Verdant Earl said...

Kat - we've been eating these sandwiches for three days now. Can't get enough! ;)