This is a reprise of Nana's Cucumbers, the classic summer dish of sliced cucumbers in sour cream. Back on Day 45 I made them with non-fat yogurt, a health- and calorie-conscious choice -- and they were good, decent, in fact.
With sour cream on hand and the chive needing a good clip, tonight was the night for the real thing, cucumbers with real sour cream. And oh my -- ever ever so good, so simple, so simply perfect on a hot summer night.
Surprise: For an easy, unusual appetizer, place a slice or two of sour cream-drenched cucumber on a bit of bread with butter or goat cheese. Even after dessert tonight, this is what people wanted 'just one more, please'.
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NANA's CUCUMBERS with SOUR CREAM
Time to table: Just over an hour
1 English cucumber, tips sliced off
1 tablespoon sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
Generous bunch of fresh chive, snipped with scissors (See ALANNA's TIPS)
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt & pepper to taste
Slice the cucumber in thin rounds. Combine with salt and let rest for an hour in a colander. Rinse well in water and let drain. Combine with remaining ingredients and serve.
Green onion might work as a substitute for fresh chive.
If the cucumber is thick at one end, consider cutting just the end in halves or even quarters before slicing thin.
I am much-attached to a 2007 acquisition, a Japanese mandoline, a device that makes creating thin, perfect slices a breeze.
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