Striped Ribbon Sandwiches

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Striped Ribbon SandwichesRecipe

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr

These striped ribbon sandwiches are the perfect finger food for a holiday party, wedding shower or any get-together. Make them ahead and cover sandwiches with a slightly damp paper towel and plastic wrap, and place in an airtight container.
32 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)


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Vegetable cooking spray
2 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup seeded and coarsely shredded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup nonfat cream cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
16 (1/2-ounce) slices very thin white bread
8 (1/2-ounce) slices very thin whole-wheat bread
Parsley sprigs (optional)


Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add bell pepper and onion; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Combine bell pepper mixture, tomato paste, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in food processor, and process until smooth. Return mixture to skillet, and cook over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until thickened. Spoon mixture into a bowl, and let cool; cover and chill.

Place cucumber on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels, pressing until barely moist. Combine the cream cheese, blue cheese,1/8 teaspoon salt, and ground red pepper in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Stir in cucumber; cover and chill.

Spread 2 tablespoons bell pepper mixture over each of 8 slices of white bread; top each with a slice of wheat bread. Spread 2 tablespoons cucumber mixture over each slice of wheat bread; top with remaining white bread.

Trim crusts from sandwiches. Cut each sandwich into quarters, making rectangles, squares, or triangles. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

Note: If made ahead, cover sandwiches with a slightly damp paper towel and plastic wrap, and place in an airtight container.

Created date

April 2002

Nutritional Information

Calories 33
Caloriesfromfat 22 %
Fat 0.8 g
Satfat 0.4 g
Monofat 0.2 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 1.7 g
Carbohydrate 4.7 g
Fiber 0.4 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Calcium 27 mg