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I have a ton of cucumbers!

melly Jun 27, 2009 03:30 PM

What to do..what to do?

  1. geminigirl Jun 27, 2009 03:34 PM

    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
      Quine Jun 27, 2009 04:09 PM

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

      1. re: Quine
        kchurchill5 Jun 28, 2009 07:37 AM

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

    2. scubadoo97 Jun 27, 2009 03:50 PM

      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
        fern Jun 27, 2009 03:53 PM

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

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        fern Jun 27, 2009 04:02 PM

        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
          The Ranger Jun 28, 2009 09:37 AM

          > 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
            fern Jun 28, 2009 12:06 PM

            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
              kchurchill5 Jun 28, 2009 07:57 PM

              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
              fern Jun 28, 2009 06:44 PM

              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!

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            HillJ Jun 27, 2009 04:04 PM

            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
              fern Jun 27, 2009 04:11 PM

              What do you put in a cucumber smoothie?

              1. re: fern
                HillJ Jun 27, 2009 04:15 PM

                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.

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                  fern Jun 27, 2009 04:27 PM

                  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
                    HillJ Jun 27, 2009 04:29 PM

                    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
                      FoodFuser Jun 28, 2009 10:16 PM

                      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
                  Caitlin McGrath Jun 27, 2009 04:19 PM

                  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
                    HillJ Jun 27, 2009 04:20 PM

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

                3. chowser Jun 27, 2009 04:14 PM

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

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                  1. re: chowser
                    southernitalian Jun 29, 2009 12:49 PM

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

                  2. linguafood Jun 27, 2009 04:26 PM

                    OH man, I just lurv myself some cukes. My fave is cucumber salad, either with an unassertive oil, lemon juice, garlic, fresh dill, s&p, and sour cream.

                    Or just with walnut oil, some white Balsamic (good quality, not too sweet), fresh dill, and s&p.

                    Or Thai-style with fish sauce, lime juice, a bit of sriracha, and tons of garlic.

                    I still gotta look up the recipe for Sichuan-style cucumber salad with chili oil, sh!tloads of garlic, scallions and.... something. One of my favorite dishes at the local whole in the wall.

                    1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 27, 2009 04:52 PM

                      general discussions/ideas:

                      threads about specific recipes:

                      1. Zeldog Jun 27, 2009 06:49 PM

                        Make kosher pickles. The basic brine I use is 5 ounces (by weight) of salt to 1 gallon of water (that makes a lot of pickles, so scale down if you like). You can add lots of spices, but I prefer to add only crushed garlic and sometimes fresh dill fronds (not seeds). If you have a moderate ambient temperature you can let them ferment on the countertop.

                        1. chef chicklet Jun 27, 2009 09:42 PM

                          besides slicing and eating raw with salt ( I can chow these down) I've made bread and butter pickles recently. Just quick pickles, they turned out really great.
                          I also love them inside summer rolls, the cucumber adds to much texture and freshness to summer wraps. And also I like to make salad on a roll and the crunchiness of the cucumber with french rolls is perfect.

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                            fuuchan Jun 27, 2009 09:54 PM

                            Slice into bite size cubes or thin slices. Toss with some salt and let drain in a colander.
                            Rinse a bit to get some of the salt off and give it a good squeeze.

                            Toss with sesame oil, a dash of soy sauce and maybe some chilis if you like the heat.
                            Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and eat chilled.

                            It's basically the only way I think cucumbers are edible.

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                              ola Jun 27, 2009 10:55 PM

                              Over 100 degrees here today and I enjoyed a very refreshing glass of water that had been chilled with sliced cucumbers and sliced lemons floating in it.

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                                lgss Jun 28, 2009 07:36 AM

                                Throw some in with fresh carrot juice.

                                1. kchurchill5 Jun 28, 2009 07:43 AM

                                  I think all the ideas I have.

                                  Cucumber soup
                                  Cucumber relish is great
                                  Cucumber salad
                                  Cucumber with mango avacados and jicama with hot peppers
                                  Cucumber puree under fresh grilled scallops or shrimp or even grilled fish
                                  Cucumber puree with sour cream as a dip for grilled lamb or chicken
                                  Cucumber sandwiches with roasted red peppers, sprouts, red onions and avacado on
                                  dark pumpernickle and a herbed cream cheese is great.
                                  Cucumber and smoked salmon paninis are amazing
                                  Pickled cucumber is amazing
                                  and the
                                  Typical Cucumber dill and sour cream and shallot salad. Nothing fancy, but always good

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                                    nimeye Jun 28, 2009 01:34 PM

                                    Some of my favorites:

                                    Cucumber sandwiches.

                                    Cucumber salad with tomatoes, feta or fresh mozzarella, green onion, basil, olive oil, and basalmic.

                                    Cucumber salad with sour cream, onion, dill, and s&p

                                    1. CreativeFoodie42 Jun 29, 2009 12:31 PM

                                      What about making some cucumber kimchi? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454886

                                      1. Cheese Boy Jun 29, 2009 09:59 PM

                                        Make Bánh mì and hand them out to whoever. ... People will love you for it.

                                        Bánh mì with a huge piece of cucumber in it is a tremendously refreshing sandwich for the hot summer. You'll never look at cucumbers and sandwiches the same again. Stick a full length wedge [quartered cuke] into a Bánh mì sandwich, and you're good to go.

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                                        1. re: Cheese Boy
                                          DallasDude Jun 30, 2009 12:44 AM

                                          Tzatziki sauce: made of strained yogurt with cucumbers, garlic, salt, usually olive oil, pepper, dill, sometimes lemon juice and parsley, or mint added. The cucumbers are either pureed and strained, or seeded and finely diced. Montreal style is made with sour cream instead. Another rendition would add minced walnuts. Serve with a lamb salad, or warm pita wedges... or both.

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