Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cucumbers, Cucumbers!

What to do with all those cucumbers?
Here are a few ideas:
  • invuse vodka with cucumber and mint or lemon balm--just remove the skins and seeds and dice or thinly slice the cucumers then place into a glass container with vodka and fresh mint, store in a cool place or refrigerate--wait a couple of weeks and enjoy in a tall glass over ice with some seltzer or club soda--garnish with a cucumber slice and a sprig of mint or lemon balm

  • make a simple cucumber salad-peel deseed the cucumbers, thinly slice then place in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with a little salt. Let rest refrigerated for at least 1 hour before serving--makes a great snack or side dish

  • make cucumber canapes--top with your favorite spread, or other veggies--the ones shown are topped with a smoked salmon spread piped onto the cucumber slices with a pastry bag

  • make cucumber pickles or relish and can it for enjoying during the winter

  • make cucumber salsa

  • make tzatzki (pronounced dza-DZEE-kee)--a yummy Greek dip: 16 oz thick Greek yogurt; 6 cloves minced garlic; 1/2 cup diced or grated peeled cucumber; 1 tbsp olive oil; 1-2 tsp lemon juice; 1-2 tbsp chopped fresh mint (optional): Prepare all ingredients in advance. Combine oil and lemon juice in a medium mixing bowl. Fold the yogurt in slowly, making sure it mixes completely with the oil. Add the garlic, cucmber and mint, stir well and chill. Serve by itself or with veggies or pita bread for dipping-YUM!

  • make Granny's Sweet Cucumbers (my Granny's recipe): 6 cups cucumbers, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced; 1-2 cups thinly sliced onion rings; 2 cups sugar; 1 cup vinegar; 2 tbsp salt. Combine and let stand refrigerated for 2-3 days. Makes 2 qts full. Enjoy!
  • want more? surf the net--there are tons of fun, quick and easy recipes for cukes

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