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Collection of Cucumber Recipes

A collection of cucumber recipes from MJ's Kitchen - vinegars, soups, salads and more. #cucumber #recipes @mjskitchen

Whether you’re growing them or buying them, cucumbers are cheap and plentiful right now, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your meals. Here are some of my favorite cucumber recipes from MJ’s Kitchen that feature the mighty cucumber.

 

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Cucumber & Onion Salad with Smoked Salmon

 

Due to a kitchen remodel I’ll be without a kitchen for a few weeks, so I’ve asked some friends to keep my virtual kitchen going with some of their fabulous recipes.  My first friend is Su Anne, a very special person in my life. Su Anne and I met in college back in the 70’s and she is one of those friends that you have for a lifetime.

Shortly after Bobby and I moved to New Mexico, Su Anne moved to NM, a different town, but only an hour away.  She met a wonderful man, married, and settled down – sort of. 🙂  Every time we get together, we talk food, cook food, and eat food; therefore, the perfect friend to get this series started.
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Chunky Gazpacho

Chunky Gazpacho #recipe @MJsKitchen

 

When one of my nieces graduated from high school back in 2003, my mother and I flew to California to attend the ceremony and spend some time with my sister and her family.  It was a great trip but there are two memories that will last forever.  One was making S’mores on the beach with my niece and nephew, burning the marshmallows and stuffing our faces with gooey sweetness.  The other was hanging out in the kitchen with my mother and sister making a chunky gazpacho and talking, talking, and talking. The trip was so much fun that I almost missed how delicious the gazpacho was.

My sister’s chunky gazpacho was quite different from mine at that time. Instead of throwing everything in the blender and pulsing a few times like I did, we chopped everything!  It was somewhat laborious, not that we noticed with all the talking going on.  I didn’t get her recipe because, like all of the women in my family, we aren’t in the habit of writing recipes down.  So when I got back home, I did a makeover with my own gazpacho recipe, eliminating most, but not all of the blending, and created this chunky gazpacho.  I’m not sure if it’s exactly like my sister’s or even close for that matter, but Bobby and I sure love it!  I thank my sister for the inspiration of going chunky with my gazpacho.

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Sweet Cucumber Beverage

Cucumber drink with or without alcohol. @MJsKitchen

 

I love all of the refreshing cocktails that I’ve been seeing lately so I thought I would join the party. This sweet cucumber drink is delicious both as a cocktail and as a non-alcoholic refresher.  I’ve had it both ways many times. The first time I had it was a few months ago when my brother-in-law made the cucumber cocktail for me.  I loved it then and I love it now!

My BIL acquired this recipe from “Johnny the bartender” in Austin, TX.  It was Johnny’s creation and he asked my BIL to try it. Needless to say my BIL loved it and, being the east Texas boy he is, he easily talked Johnny into sharing the recipe.  So I credit this recipe to Johnny, wherever you are.  I hope I’ve done your drink justice.

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Cucumber and Cream Cheese Crostini

A simple cucumber crostini with garlic cream cheese and a touch of chile. #crostini @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

 

Last summer I stopped by a friend’s house to pick some fresh basil (she had tons!), and she served afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches.  The sandwiches weren’t much more than a slice of cucumber on bread, but they were so refreshing and tasty. These simple sandwiches were the inspiration for the cucumber crostini with cream cheese.

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Mango and Jicama Salad

Mango Jicama Salad with pickled cucumbers, bell peppers, and mint. #jicama #mango @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that some of the best dishes come about when there’s “nothing in the fridge”. How many times have you heard those words spoken by someone in your household? Home cooks know that there is ALWAYS something in the fridge! That’s how this mango jicama salad come to be.

I have to admit that it was time to go to the co-op and restock, but I still had some “halves” of this and that in the crispers – a half of a red bell pepper, a piece of Jicama, some pickled cucumbers from the night before, and a mango that had been waiting a while to be chosen. I sliced it all up and tossed it together in a salad bowl with some fresh mint and a touch of onion. The dressing came from using some of the vinegar marinade from the cucumbers (nothing goes to waste) with a little oil and – voilá – a wonderful, refreshing summer salad.

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Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Quick pickled cucumbers in just 4 hours. #pickled @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

While my mother canned some of the best sweet pickles I’ve ever had, she also made these little batches of quick pickled cucumbers as a condiment for the dinner table or as an afternoon snack.  It wasn’t a dish that I helped with (because it’s so easy!), so I never learned how she made them, but I certainly remember how they tasted.  I knew the marinade had vinegar and sugar, but what type of vinegar, what other ingredients and at what proportions – I had no idea.  So many years ago (pre-internet, if you can imagine such days ever existed), I started playing around, trying to get the marinade just right for that deja vu moment. After a few batches, I had it.  I’m not sure if it’s my mom’s quick pickled cucumber recipe, but it sure reminds me of hers.  Ever since then, I have been using these little “pickles” in salads, sandwiches, as a snack, and as a side for pot stickers and other dishes.

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Cold Cucumber Soup

Bowl of Cold Cucumber soup

For several years I grew an abundance of cucumbers, so many that we couldn’t keep up with them. Even after giving cucumbers away, we still had more than enough for the two of us. Therefore, I had to come up with creative ways to use the extras, and the ones that got away – the ones that got hidden and grew too big for salads and sandwiches. One of my solutions was cold cucumber soup.

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Mediterranean Feta Dip

Feta dip with cucumber, tomatoes, spice and lots of goodness @mjskitchen

Back in the 80’s there was a wonderful little Mediterranean restaurant in our neighborhood that served a feta cheese dip we absolutely loved.  When the restaurant shut down, I was determined to recreate the dip so we could have it any time we wanted it.  It took a few tries but I was finally successful.  This dip with feta and cucumber makes a great appetizer, a party dip, or an afternoon snack.

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