I know, a Baked Cucumbers recipe sounds really strange...but wow, what a great surprise they are! At the beginning of this year, my friend and co-worker let me borrow her copy of Julie and Julia, which turned out to be the spark of my inspiration to start blogging. This book led me to read many other similar books of peoples' culinary adventures. And I gained a new appreciation for French cooking from this book.
From Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Yields 6 servings
2 Tbsp wine white vingear
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp dried dill or basil
3-4 Tbsp minced green onions
1/8 tsp pepper
Peel the cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut in lengthwise strips about 3/8 inch wide. Cut the strips into 2" pieces. Toss the cucumbers in a bowl with the vinegar, salt and sugar. Let stand for about 30 minutes (or a few hours). Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss the cucumbers in the baking dish with the butter, herbs, onions and pepper. Put in a baking dish (I used 9x13 glass dish). Put in midlevel of oven for 1 hour, tossing occasionally. Cook until the cucumbers are tender but still have a little crispness and texture. They will basically look the same color as when you started.
Serve immediately as a appetizer or addition to a meal. Bon appetite!