Day 280: Watercress Sandwiches with Chili-Lime Butter ♥

When the ad writers prevail upon us to take a 'bite out of life', maybe they really mean to make a watercress sandwich?

Watercress greens are just so fresh, so full of pepper -- and just taste alive. And a whole cup's worth has virtually no calories, no carbs (setting aside today's sandwich bread) and is full of those life-breathing antioxidants.

All that said, what MADE this sandwich is the chili lime butter. It added real panache to the sandwich. Over the next few days, I suspect, it'll do the same with otherwise simple steamed broccoli and green beans and ... and ...

And because the butter is spiked with flavor, only a very little is needed.

2008 Update: This sandwich is a winner!

Hands-on time: 10 minutes for the butter, estimated 10 minutes for four sandwiches
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 4 or more

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 a large jalapeño, minced fine
Zest and juice from a lime
Salt and pepper to taste (I skipped both)

Stir together the ingredients. Makes 4 tablespoons.

4 or 8 slices whole grain bread
8 ounces fresh watercress, coarse stems removed

Spread a very thin layer of chili-lime butter on the bread. Top with watercress.

Chili-Lime Butter, Per Teaspoon: 34 Cal (97% from Fat, 1% from Protein, 2% from Carb); 0 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 0 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; NetCarb0; 2 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 1 mg Sodium; 10 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

Rough Estimate Per Sandwich, assuming a teaspoon of chili-lime butter on whole grain bread: 121 Cal (36% from Fat, 14% from Protein, 50% from Carb); 5 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 16 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; NetCarb 14; 99 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 180 mg Sodium; 10 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points

Adapted from Bon Appetit June 2002

(c) Copyright 2006 Kitchen Parade


My grandmother used to serve tiny little watercress sandwiches at the tea parties she threw for her granddaughters. They were spread with a tiny bit of butter adn topped with a thin slice of cucumber. The chili lime butter sounds like the perfect thing to spice up those little sandwich rounds! Now if I can just find some fresh watercress...

I have never used watercress...I have to try it after looking at your beautiful sandwich!

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