Sometimes it is nice to try something new, even if it doesn’t sound normal or even absolutely delicious. You just never know. This for me was in the I just don’t know…? Cooked cucumbers? Really? Category. But, hey we are talking about Julia Child so I have some love, respect, and trust. Plus, ever since the movie Julie & Julia I’ve really wanted to try them!
That being said. Try this recipe if for no other reason than to marvel at the difference between raw and cooked cucumber or because you want to make something crazy like we did: Braised Cucumber Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese. It was really good and a fun, warm twist on the classic tea room sandwiches we all know and love. Well maybe we don’t all love them, but I do. Tea sandwiches are a hobby for me. I’m passionate about eating them, creating them, and mostly eating them. I can honestly say I’ve never done a hot one before though – so I ran with the idea after deciding to make these cucumbers.
JULIA’S BRAISED CUCUMBERS
Makes 4-6 servings
- 1 huge cucumber (or 2 regular sized)
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 dash salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch dried mint
Peel cucumber. Cut into quarters and remove seeds. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Melt butter in a pan and add cucumber. Cover and cook about 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir in salt, lemon, and mint. Cover and cook another 2 minutes. Serve warm.
BRAISED CUCUMBER GOAT CHEESE
Makes 3 sammiches
- 1 recipe for Julia’s Braised Cucumbers
- ½ block (4 ounces) cream cheese, room temp
- 4 ounces goat cheese, room temp
- 3-4 Tablespoons butter, for bread
- 6 slices of bread
Prepare one recipe of braised cucumbers, as directed above; Thank you Julia! While you are braising: cream together room temperature cream cheese and goat cheese. Set aside until ready to use.
Butter both sides of your bread; heat a griddle or non-stick pan over medium to med-high heat; brown one side of bread and transfer to cutting board. Slather the freshly toasted side with goat-cream cheese mixture and a layer of braised cucumbers. Top with another slice of bread, toasted side in and toast the remaining sides as desired. Serve warm with any remaining braised cucumbers.
This was a nice twist on Meatless Monday. We really enjoyed the cooked cucumber, but I don’t know that I could really specifically describe the flavor. It’s like the difference between raw celery and cooked though – drastic! I know this isn’t so amazing that EVERYONE will love it, but sometimes you have to break out of the box and you never know what you will discover!
This is why I love cookbooks,