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Sauteed Cucumbers

Sauteed Cucumbers |

There has been a massive number of cucumbers in my house the past few weeks because a friend has been generous enough to share from his garden.  I'm really not a huge cucumber fan and there are only so many slices that you can add to a salad.  I needed something new to do with my fresh vegetables.

Need a new recipe to use up all those garden cucumbers? Try these sauteed cucumbers for a delicious side dish!  |

So today, I'm sharing a recipe for sauteed cucumbers.  It is such a simple recipe and the taste is amazing.  They are the perfect side to any meal in place of a vegetable and gives you another way to use up those cucumbers growing in your own garden.

Slicing up cucumbers to sautee them |

Makes about 2 servings

1 medium cucumber
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 to 2 teaspoons dill

Using a vegetable peeler, peel away strips of the skin from the cucumber.  Remove about half the skin leaving strips of skin still on the cucumber.  Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Then cut each half into four wedges, then crosswise into 2 inches sticks.

Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and then add the cucumbers.  Simmer them in the water for about 3 to five minutes.  This will blanch the vegetable, allowing it to stay crisp.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Remove the cucumbers from the boiling water and add them to the skillet.  Add the dill and cook for about one minute until everything is hot.  Don't cook them much longer than this or the cucumbers will turn bitter.

Sound easy enough?  The cucumbers stay a beautiful shade of green and the dill totally enhances the flavor.  Fresh dill is best in the recipe, but dried dill weed works just as well if that is all you have on hand.  (That is what I used in this recipe.)

These sauteed cucumbers are one of those must have summer recipes for a fresh vegetable!

I have a special tool to share with you tomorrow that makes draining these cucumbers a breeze.  Here is a little sneak peek.....

Do you know what it is?

Here are some more delicious recipes to use fresh garden vegetables....

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