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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers

Step away from the cucumbers.  

These will keep you coming back to the bowl.  They are a great cool snack, appetizer, salad.  Sweet, a little (very little) spicy, and crisp.

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Slices
Adapted from Our Best Bites

1-1/2 lbs cucumber (about 3 medium), peeled, halved lengthwise & thinly sliced
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c rice vinegar, seasoned or regular
1/2 c water
3 Tbs sugar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbs minced red onion

Place cucumber slices in a colander sitting over a bowl, sprinkle with salt and toss well.  Let sit for 1 hour refrigerated.  Toss the cukes a few times while they drain as well.  While cucumber slices are draining, prepare marinade.

Combine vinegar, water, sugar and red pepper in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cook until reduced to a 1/3 cup (about 10 minutes).  Remove reduction from heat and add onion.  Let mixture cool to room temp.

When cucumbers are done resting, pat them dry by tossing around in the bowl with a few paper towels and then combine with the vinegar reduction.  This can be served immediately, but are best well chilled.

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