Marinated Cucumbers

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by seattledeb, May 3, 2001.

  1. seattledeb

    seattledeb

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    One of the fantastic places we ate at in Charleston was Jestine's Kitchen (very casual - advertised as Southern American low country soul food). They started the meal with a bowl of cucumbers..marinated. I'm sure the recipe is simple (I forgot to ask) but does someone have a good recipe?

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  2. kokopuffs

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    1 cucumber, sliced
    1 purple onion, sliced
    1 small red bell pepper, sliced
    3 bay leaves, cracked
    pinch of rosemary
    Salt/Pepper to taste

    Turkish (not Mexican) oregano from Penzey's

    2 or 3 minced cloves of garlic

    1/3 cup plus 2 Tbs white vinegar
    1/3 cup EV olive oil

    Mix the herbs and spices with the vinegar. Let infuse for about 1/2 hour.
    Add the oil and mix well.
    Then add the veggies.

    Mix gently, occasionally, for about 2 hours prior to serving.

    Enjoy!!!

    You might try adding a couple of ginger slices to the marinade, too.

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  3. foodnfoto

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    The cucumbers you had at Justine's are a southern favorite known as "Icebox Pickles." They are very easy to make.
    Here is a recipe:

    6 small cucumbers (small=fewer seeds)
    1 tsp. sugar
    1 Tbs. kosher salt
    1 tsp. dried herbs (dill, basil, or fennel)
    1 cup white or apple cider vinegar
    1/2 cup water
    Optional-1 tsp. red pepper flakes
    Peel and slice cucumbers (I seed them too)and place in a clean, heat proof container. Add sugar, salt, herbs and pepper flakes (if desired.) Heat vinegar and water to a low boil; pour over cucumbers. Refrigerate for 48 hours. Serve.
    This recipe works great for other summer garden veggies like peppers, okra, zucchini, crookneck squash, and green tomatoes. I also sometimes throw in a couple garlic cloves or whole cayenne, jalapeno, or serrano chilies.
     
  4. kokopuffs

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    Thanks for the enlightenment, Foodnfoto! My recipe is a family recipe - not Southern based. I'll have to try yours, though. ;)
     
  5. pastachef

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    I've been making these cucumber pickles all of my life after watching my grandmother and mother make them. :D
     
  6. seattledeb

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    Thanks everyone! The night at Jestine's was a first...my first okra gumbo, my first fried green tomatoes, first creole. I enjoyed everything so much but those cucumbers gave me a craving ! I noticed they also had a table of condiments (hot sauces and things)...one was a jar with hot peppers...and you could squeeze the juice out...I guess to make everything a little spicier? I could taste a zip in the cukes so maybe they use some of that juice too in the marinade.

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  7. seattledeb

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    Oh Afra, they're so good! I want to make sandwiches with them when I make up a batch.