Julia Child's Braised Cucumbers

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.

Braised Cucumber & Goat Cheese Sandwich

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

DIRECTIONS: 

Julia Child's Braised Cucumbers

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 Grilled Cheese

BRAISED CUCUMBER GOAT CHEESE 
GRILLED 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

DIRECTIONS: 

Braised Cucumber & Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

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!

Julia Child's Braised Cucumbers

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4 Comments on “Julia’s Braised Cucumbers | Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

  1. Oh my this looks so good. I just saw part of Julie and Julia again and when I heard braised cucumbers , I thought I have to try this. So surprised when I saw so many links referring receipe and movie. Each time I catch something else I want to try. Your sandwich sounds yummy, dinner tommorrow😀. Bon apetit

    • I have wanted to try braised cucumbers ever since the movie and your blog got me to do it, so I decided not to wait to try the goat cheese grilled. I enjoyed a delightful repast today. THANKS!

      • I’m so glad you enjoyed. We also were inspired by the movie and pleasantly surprised with the change braising brought cucumbers!! Happy cooking & baking 🙂

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