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Old 07-21-2011, 07:45 PM
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Default Cucumbers in Brown Butter, Aunt Stella's

I can't believe I haven't posted this before!

I've had this since I was a little kid! SO good!

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Cucumbers and Browned Butter – Aunt Stella’s

This is a “you know the right flavor” thing from one of my Polish aunts. Sorry I don't have exact measurements - neither did she!

Peeled and thinly sliced cucumber (I use a plastic mandoline). If it’s a large cuke with a lot of big seeds and a wet middle, remove the seeds.

Water
Cider vinegar
Sugar (I use one packet of Sweet ‘n Low)
Fresh dill, snipped
Salt and pepper

Butter, browned

In a bowl, pour in enough water to just cover the sliced cukes (say 2 cups).

Add a couple of splashes of cider vinegar (say, 3 T to start)

Add some sugar (say 2-3 T or 1 packet of non-sugar sweetener)

Add about 2 teas. Salt

Taste for seasoning and balance. Just make the brine the way you want it to taste.

Add the sliced cukes, dill, and black pepper. Let it all soak AT ROOM TEMP for at least an hour.

Brown some butter in a small pan.

When ready to serve, pour off most of the brine, and put some cukes in each of individual serving bowls.

Pour some brown butter over the cukes in each dish, enough to coat the ones on top, maybe 1 – 1 ½ T on each.


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Default Re: Cucumbers in Brown Butter, Aunt Stella's

Lee, I can't believe I've never had this let alone heard of it. It looks and sounds outrageous!! I'll definitely be trying this. Thanks!
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I KNOW, Barb!

It's right up your Polish alley! :-)

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Default Re: Cucumbers in Brown Butter, Aunt Stella's

Lee, thanks so much for posting this! If I weren't out of cucumbers, I'd do it tonight. But I will soon.
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