I remember the first time I cooked dinner for my husband. I asked Nana for her recipe for beef stew and for her cucumber salad. Well she omitted the part about mixing the flour with water to thicken the stew and only told me to add flour, she also gave me all the ingredients for the salad but neglected to tell me a few steps (nana thought i was accomplished like she was lol) Needless to say I ended up with two lumpy dishes that my angel of a hubby ate anyway lol.
The cuccumbers in this seem to flop after you go thru the steps however when you bite into them they are crispy and delish!!
salt (you will need alot, enough to salt cukes and onions down as shown in pics. no worries this will be rinsed off later. it is not only for flavor but to get cukes to the correct floppy yet crispy texture)
1Cut ends from cucumbers (my nana always said to cut ends off prior to peeling because it keeps the bitterness to a minimum)
2Remove skin from cucumbers.
3Slice cucumbers into thin slices as shone. Then slice onions into thin rings on seperate plate.
4Put thinly sliced cucumbers into a large bowl
5Salt down cucumbers (you have to use alot of salt, you should be able to see it on them)
6Add onions to cukes and salt again. Cover with an inverted plate and allow to sit in salt for 2 hours at room temp.
7Drain cukes in colander and rinse well to remove salt.
8Measure out 1 c warm water into measuring cup
9Now add white vinegar to make 2 cup liquid
10then add sugar until liquid rises just below the 3 cup mark. (I know its alot of sugar but this combo is what gives the cukes their amazing and unique taste) Stir vigorously until sugar is completely dissolved.
11Put cukes and onions back in bowl and pour vinegar and sugar mix over the top. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
12Remove from frig and drain in colander. Allow liquid to drain out but do NOT rinse!!
13Return cukes to bowl and stir in sour cream 1 tablespoon at a time. (You will not need much) They should appear as shown.
14This is an amazingly refreshing crisp salad with a very unique tartly sweet flavor. I have never had a single person not go back for seconds.