Well, my cucumbers have come in with a vengeance this Summer! I know I've picked over 20 so far. As much as I love it, a person can only eat so much cucumber salad! It is by far my easiest recipe though--Sliced cucumber, sliced tomato or halved grape tomato, thinly sliced onion all mixed together in a light vinaigrette and then a bit of feta cheese sprinkled in. I just keep adding to it--it's been kind of never-ending!
Then I remembered a recipe that was mentioned in the book Julie and Julia for baked cucumbers. So I decided to find it and try it. The recipe was actually in Julia Child's, Joy of Cooking. It was a bit of a process, you put the cucumbers into a brining solution of vinegar, salt and sugar. Drain that and then toss them with melted butter and dill and sugar (I actually used a bit less salt than what was in the recipe and I did rinse the cucumbers after draining because I was afraid they'd be too salty). The cucumber/butter mixture then gets baked. A bit of parsley is sprinkled on before serving.
The end result? They tasted like warm pickles. Not bad, but not what I had hoped for. I may try this again with less vinegar and salt or without brining completely. They also suggested basil. I do think the dill definitely contributed to the pickle taste. It did use up 4 large cucumbers and everyone ate it, so I guess it served its purpose.
Anyone out there with another different kind of cucumber recipe? I know I'll have at least 20 more!
Here's the link to the recipe I found: Julia Child's baked cucumbers