The moment summer starts, I crave all things acidic. For me that means green chutney with every meal. On its own the sauce’s lemony, herbaceous quality makes my face pucker in the best way, but as an accompaniment, or component in a dressing or marinade, it puts everything into balance and adds a bit of flair. Case in point: This punchy take on a basic cucumber-and-white-bread sandwich. Cilantro chutney is slathered onto a slice of fluffy white bread, then gets topped with salted cucumber and another slice of bread swooshed with tangy cream cheese. I like using whipped cream cheese because it spreads easily straight from the fridge, but if you only have the regular stuff on hand, just let it come to room temperature to keep the bread from tearing. And if you possess the cilantro-tastes-like-soap gene, swap it for your favorite blend of herbs. —Zaynab Issa
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Blend cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lemon juice, oil, and 1 tsp. Diamond Crystal or ½ tsp. Morton kosher salt in a blender until smooth. (You will have extra chutney; make more sandwiches!)
Spread cream cheese over 1 slice of bread and top with cucumber slices; season with salt. Spread 2 Tbsp. cilantro chutney over second slice of bread. Close sandwich; cut in half. Remove crusts if desired.
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Substitute Mint, parsley or lemon balm
Try Thai Basil as a substitute it will give Vietnamese flavor. Thai Bird Peppers, very hot, instead of Jalapenos.
This is delicious, but making the chutney in the blender was very frustrating. There just wasn’t enough liquid to blend it. I switched to my mini chopper and that was marginally better. Maybe if I double the recipe it’ll work in the blender. I made 3/4 sandwiches with just the recipe. Served at the June meeting of my book club. Everyone thought it was yummy!
West Orange NJ
This is a great recipe - but I have that genetic inability to love cilantro - (which to me tastes like deodorant soap) - what can I substitute for cilantro?