Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Andrea's Cool As A Cucumber Salad

Andrea Wakely called today about some historical costuming I may be taking on. We talked about the oppressive heat that's punishing the globe right now. Visit her Twin Roses Designs website that she and her husband, Garry work from for their cool historical designs. She shared this recipie with me from her blog and I thought it would be a perfect accompanyment to a cool summer supper!

Cool Cucumbers for Hot Days
(Serves 4 - 6 or 2-3 if you really, really like it!)

4 Large cucumbers
4 Tbsp Salt

Peel and rinse cucumbers, slice thinly into rounds. I use the slot part of a cheese grater held over a bowl, as it makes it go very fast and slicing is very thin. You can also just slice these into a colander sitting in the sink, as the next step is to liberally salt the slices, stirring them around to get the salt all over the place. Leave this to sit in the sink about an hour (or 40 minutes if you can't stand it any longer).

While these are relaxing in the sink, mix the dressing:

2/3 Cup sour cream
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Tbsp White Vinegar
3 Tbsp Fresh Dill (or 2-3 tbsp dried)
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

If you have a partially used sour cream container, you can mix all this in the container and put it in the fridge while still waiting patiently for the cucumbers.

If you can't wait a moment longer, then rinse the cucumbers well and squeeze them gently with your hands removing as much liquid as possible. Put them in a bowl, toss with dressing and chill for a few hours. It'll keep in the fridge for a few days if covered, but there's really no worry since there won't be any leftovers. *Grin*

Andrea Wakely

1 comment:

Martha Marshall said...

Yum! I will be making this tonight. First I will find those wonderful pickling cucumbers that are plentiful right now in the farmer's market . . . tender, thin peel, small seeds.