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Jun 27, 2009 03:30 PM

I have a ton of cucumbers!

What to do..what to do?

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  1. I had an app last night that was pretty bad but I like the concept...peel and thickly cut cuke slices, scoop out the middle and stuff with whatever, kind of filling you've in the mood for. The ones I had last night were stuffed with vegetable ceviche but they had absolutely no flavor except for the hint of cilantro right at the end...

    I also love cuke sandwiches on white bread with salt and mayo....

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    1. re: geminigirl

      I like sautéed cucumbers. Just a bit of sea salt, pepper and butter, excellent with fish and chicken.

      1. re: Quine

        I saute with scallions and a little red pepper flakes and then drizzle with a little rice wine vinegar. Nagamo.

    2. With cukes in season, we have been buying the little pickling cucumbers. I think these have great texture and flavor. Any hoo, it's been part of our morning breakfast recently. I cube up the cukes along with some diced tomatoes or quartered grape tomatoes, diced red or yellow peppers, cubed good feta, diced cured olives, a sprinkle of oregano, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of good evoo. Makes one refreshing way to start the day.

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      1. re: scubadoo97

        What a nice breakfast! I often have plain yogurt with breakfast, your salad would taste so good with it. Great idea.

      2. Thai Cucumber Salad. Here's a link to one from this site:

        Cucumber & onion salad in sour cream or yogurt with sweet and sour dressing.

        Cucumber & Onion dip with Ruffles!

        Slice some and place them in a jar of pickle juice from your fridge. Add chiles or red pepper flakes if you like. In a couple of days you'll have a tasty snack.


        Greek Salad

        Smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches

        Crab cakes with cucumber relish

        I once made something in the neighborhood of kimchi using cucumbers. It turned out to be VERY spicy, but good.

        eta: Squeeze lots of lime over them, sprinkle on some salt, and enjoy. We tend to eat that lot because it's so quick and we often have limes lately. Refreshing.

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        1. re: fern

          > Cucumber & onion salad in sour cream or yogurt

          Try it with salt, pepper, and a 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar or a "sushi" vinegar instead of the cream. I think you might enjoy it that way, too.

          1. re: The Ranger

            Sounds great. We eat cuc and onion and tomato salad with vinegar, no sour cream, but I usually add a little sugar. Bad, I know. Thanks to the farmers market this weekend I have everything needed to make it...maybe tonight. Thanks, Ranger!

            1. re: fern

              I do cucumber and onion with sc, and I do cucumber onion, tomato with Nagamo rice wine vinegar too, both are different, both are great. Opposite flavor, but equally as good.

            2. re: The Ranger

              Made it tonight with red wine vinegar, as you suggested. added tomatoes. Delicious. we also had watermelon with supper so i mixed some in with the salad and it was delicious. Thanks again!

          2. Cucumbers add a nice crunch to chicken, tuna & salmon salad served w/a nice nutty whole wheat bread.

            Cucumber smoothies are super refreshing & healthy.

            Enjoy your bounty!

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            1. re: HillJ

              What do you put in a cucumber smoothie?

              1. re: fern

                1 peeled cucumber, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, the seeds from one vanilla bean, ground flax seed and 1/4 cup of premade granny smith apple juice. Swirl & drink.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Oooh, sounds interesting. I don't have flax seed or apple juice but will save this for future reference. I want to try it. Maybe I want some lime in there.... Thanks!

                  1. re: fern

                    Def. Experiment. A smoothie should be what you love. I add flax to everything and the juice a make each day for the kids. Lime sounds like a refreshing flavor add in. Love limes. Pineapple & cukes work nicely too.

                    1. re: fern

                      For something more savory, a type of gazpacho with cukes, onion, dill, tomato paste, and water. Tons of variations, including yogurt or buttermilk (powder). Miso, soy, or fish sauce for salt/umami.

                2. re: HillJ

                  Cucumber agua fresca is also wonderful.

                  A cucumber salad - just sliced cucumbers, some thinly sliced red onion, vinegar, salt, a little sugar if you like - can live in your fridge for several days and makes a refreshing side to almost anythin.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    oh yum...and with roasted beets even better :)

                3. Make tzatziki--great summer food, dip or on grilled meats or anything really.

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                  1. re: chowser

                    I'm absolutely with you chowser! It's so good on grilled chicken or fish!