This has become one of my favorite things to eat over the past couple of years. It is so easy and I usually have the ingredients in my fridge. It comes from a love of English cucumber finger sandwiches and French tartines (open-faced sandwiches). There is a fantastic little place in Nolita that specializes in tartines called, wait for it, Tartinery. Tartines remind me more of a larger portions of crostini and everything at Tartinery is delicious. They have a roasted chicken tartine that is topped with a fennel slaw that is just perfect! Whenever I go there, I feel like I'm in another country because everyone who works there talks to each other in French! Anyway, back to snack time. This dish is so easy to make. All it takes is some toasting, slicing, and condiment spreading.
First, toast some bread. Shown here is Bread Alone's sourdough rye. Being born in San Francisco, I love sourdough. I also love rye bread, especially the kind with caraway seeds baked into it. As the bread is toasting, peel and thinly slice part of a cucumber. I used about half of a cucumber. You might be thinking that seems like a lot for two pieces of toast, but I like a lot of cucumber.
Once the bread is toasted and cool to the touch, spread the tzatziki on it. Now, this snack started off as something I usually made with cream cheese, which is closer to the traditional English finger sandwich, but I felt like branching out and bought this tangy greek condiment instead. In case you've never tried it, tzatziki consists of Greek yogurt (which is more tangy and thicker that American yogurt), garlic, dill, cucumber, and lemon. It's a bolder alternative to cream cheese. I'm not gonna lie to you, most of the time, there is much more tzatziki or cream cheese on the toast, but I was scraping the bottom of the container for this one...
Place the slices of cucumber on top and finish with a crack of black pepper and, voilá, a delicious snack! The cucumber in the tzatziki compliments the slices of cucumber on top, making this a delightfully crunch, tangy, and refreshing little dish!