For our Easter dinner, we made braised lamb with carrots and needed an appropriate side dish to go with it. We turned to an old friend--creamy cucumbers--because it felt right, serving cucumbers with lamb.
Course, can creamy cucumbers ever feel wrong?
Ah, no. And it's definitely a share-worthy recipe--one that my kids will surely ask for when they have their households. And I'll be like... check out my blog, dummy. *Smirk
Creamy cucumbers have been a family hit since... well, since that time, I had a bunch of cucumbers I didn't know what to do with about two decades ago (yikes) and tried this. The kids have often requested it, especially in spring and summer when cold sides rock the plate next to grilled meats. Check out my slaw, ya'll, for another.
Anyway, the creamy cucumbers delivered, as always, pairing perfectly with the rest of our Easter feast. There were NONE leftover--a good thing since they don't keep well, as cucumbers are like ninety percent water and get liquid-y fast. So, eat 'em up.
I mean after you make them, of course. Here's how:
Peel and slice three cucumbers. If using English cucumbers, don't peel.
Slice 1/2 onion into half-moons. Use a red onion if you're fancy and want some color, but either is fine for taste.
Mix these (in a pretty bowl, of course) with:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 TBSP white vinegar
2 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp salt or substitute
1/4 tsp pepper (because always pepper--hmm, I may have a pepper addiction.)
You don't have to chill the dish, but it's recommended. My fam swears they taste better after sitting in the fridge for an hour or so.
This veggie side is cheap and easy; I can make it in five minutes. And cucumbers and onions are always available and inexpensive.
Besides, cucumbers are kinda an unsung hero of vegetables. They rarely have a staring role in any production, but they always put in a good performance whether on a salad or as a nibble to dip in ranch. It's good to give cucumbers the limelight they deserve every once in a while.
Shine beautiful cucumbers! Shine!
Aw, they're so lovely... Anyway, if you have easy, warm-weather side-ideas to share, do it! Or another way to showcase cucumbers, let us know below.