Monday, June 28, 2010

Mennonite Monday - Dressing for Fresh Cucumbers

Mennonite Monday started because I wanted to make recipes from the Bethesda Mennonite Church Cookbooks (both the yellow and the white cookbook for those of you who own them). I also wanted to take pictures of each recipe that I made, so I would know for future reference what the recipe should look like. I am by no means a great cook, but I think it will be fun to try new and different recipes each week. Not all of these recipes are for ethnic Mennonite food, but the women from Henderson know how to cook, so I can safely say that these recipes will be good. Check back each Monday for a new recipe and feel free to leave a comment if you have a favorite recipe from these cookbooks, or if you have some tips on what I should make and how I should make it.
This week I am sharing one of my all time favorite summer recipes! It is so simple and perfect for meals right out of the garden. This weeks recipe is Dressing for Fresh Cucumbers (pg 185 W).  I will make this almost every week this summer because it is the best with cucumbers right out of the garden. 
Dressing for Fresh Cucumbers
2 Tbl mayonnaise
1 Tbl vinegar
dill fern (chopped up really fine)
2 Tbl oil
1 tsp salt

Blend and serve over sliced cucumbers. 
 I like my cucumbers peeled and sliced, but you can cut them anyway you like. 



 Salt.  If you want to make the dressing really good, use Natures Seasoning, instead of salt.

 Dried Dill, I didn't have any fresh dill otherwise I would chopped it up and used that. 

 Mix it together.

 Pour over cucumbers. 

I like to add red onion, which is really good.

I could eat these cucumbers, watermelon and corn on the cob all summer and be happy.  If you want to share with your friends, it is easy to make a bigger batch. Just remember 1 part vinegar, 2 parts oil and mayonnaise with salt and dill to taste.The best part is that you only need to get one measuring spoon or cup dirty. 

Another bit of advice. If you mix this up ahead of time and expect to eat it later, your cucumbers will be flimsy and watery.  If you like them that way, good for you, but if you are like me and want crisp cucumbers, eat it right after mixing in the dressing.  
As you can tell I have only made this recipe a few times ;)

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