Recipes: Cucumbers

Cucumber recipes from our Agriculture Supported Communities program.

Dill Pickles
From, contributed by Bobby Flay
These incredibly simple pickles have just the right amount of garlic and dill and are intensely crunchy and refreshing right out of the refrigerator.

TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN Plus overnight pickling
SERVINGS: Makes 1 quart

1-1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
3/4 teaspoon dill seeds
2 cups hot water
2 pounds green tomatoes, quartered OR kirby cucumbers, sliced
1/4 inch thick
3/4 cup coarsely chopped dill
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

In a large, heatproof measuring cup, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, coriander seeds and dill seeds with the hot water and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Let the brine cool.

In a large bowl, toss the cucumbers with the dill and garlic. Pour the brine over the cucumbers and turn to coat. Place a small plate over the cucumbers to keep them submerged, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the pickles overnight, stirring once or twice. Serve cold. Make Ahead: The dill pickles can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Cucumber-Zucchini Soup
Serves 6

1 pound zucchini or yellow squash, chopped
3/4 pound cucumbers, peeled
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 small fresh green chile
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Puree the zucchini, cucumbers, onion, vinegar, water, chile, coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Spicy Cucumber Salad
Adapted From Asparagus to Zucchini: A guide to farm fresh seasonal produce edited by Fairshare CSA Coalition
Cucumber salad is so delicious this time of year! Here is a spicy twist

2 cucumbers
1 tablespoon white vinegar or rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 hot pepper or hot pepper flakes or hot pepper sauce (to taste)

Peel the cucumbers, cut lengthwise in two, and scrape out the seeds. Cut cucumbers crosswise into half moons. Whisk the remaining ingredients together and toss with the cucumbers to coat them. Makes 4 servings

Try variations with different vinegars, oils or herbs for a different flavor. For example olive oil and basil or oregano is a perfect Italian starter.


Cucumber Moons Sauteed with Fresh Herbs    
Adapted From Asparagus to Zucchini: A guide to farm fresh seasonal produce edited by Fairshare CSA Coalition
Try cooking cucumbers for something different! Yum!

2 or 3 cucumbers
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons minced shallots or chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or basil
Salt and pepper

Peel cucumbers with potato peeler and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out all the seeds with a spoon. Slice about ¼ to 1/3-inch thick. Heat butter in large, heavy skillet over medium flame. Take care not to let the butter brown, but get it good and hot. Add the cucumbers and shallots and cook, tossing often, until cucumbers begin to get tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in dill plus salt and pepper to taste. Continue to toss and cook until crisp- tender, 1-2 minutes longer. Serve immediately.


Baked Cucumbers
Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, & Simone Beck
Cucumbers are delicious raw, in salads, or pickled. But if you have never tried them baked, you really must!  They are amazing!

4-6 Cucumbers
2 Tablespoons wine vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8  teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon basil
3-4 tablespoons minced green onions
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Peel the cucumbers. Cut in half lengthwise; scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut into lengthwise strips about 1/8-inch wide. Cut the strips into 2-inch pieces. Toss the cucumbers in a bowl with the vinegar, salt and sugar. Let stand for at least 30 minutes or for several hours. Drain. Pat dry in a towel. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Toss the cucumbers in the baking dish with the butter, herbs, onions, and pepper. Set uncovered in middle level of preheated oven for about 1 hour, tossing 2 or 3 times, until cucumbers are tender but still have a suggestions of crispness and texture. They will barely color during the cooking.


Cucumbers Vinaigrette

3 cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place cucumbers and onion in a bowl. Combine basil and remaining ingredients; pour over cucumber mixture. Toss gently. Cover and chill.


Did you try out one of these recipes? Leave a comment below on how you liked it and whether or not you made adjustments!

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