Friday, July 1, 2011

Cucumbers

Sorry I missed posting yesterday. I was very busy cooking and watching the Casey Anthony trial. They thought she would testify and I was so interested, that by the time I would have been able to put a post up, it was rather late. I am addicted to the trial. And I am so ashamed. It is a train wreck I can't stop watching.

Anyway, Bev once again told me about a recipe I just had to make and so I did! I hear that every good southern kitchen has a pickle pot in their fridge and now I do too. There are all kinds of variations on the recipe but I will give you the basic one.

Slice some onions, I used vidalia. Layer them in the bottom of a large jar. Sprinkle them with salt. Add a layer of sliced cucumbers. Sprinkle them with salt too. Sprinkle some pickling spices over them and then repeat layers until you reach the top. Add about 5 cloves of peeled garlic along the way too.


Fill the jar a little over half way with white vinegar. Top of with water to fill the remaining space. Store in the fridge. They are ready to eat in 2 weeks, 1 week if you can't wait. This are crisp and fresh and very flavorful, unlike store bought pickles. And the best is, you can just keep adding ingredients to the jar as you run out. I added a small amount of sugar too. Not enough to make them sweet but rather just enough to take the sharp bite away.


This is a great cucumber salad to make and have in your refrigerator to serve all kinds of different ways.

Slice several cucumbers very thin. Add a bunch of chopped fresh dill.


Add some thinly sliced red onion.


Mix 4 tablespoons of white vinegar with 3 tablespoon of white sugar. This can vary depending on whether you want them to be sweet or tangier.


Add 3/4 cup of mayonnaise and 1/3 cup of sour cream. I like to add about a cup of buttermilk too.


Add 1 tsp. of cracked black pepper and some salt to taste.


Mix it all together in a bowl and then transfer to a container and place it in the refrigerator.


These are excellent plain.


I serve them in salads and they are also a great topper for hamburgers. They are very good on sandwiches too.