Baked Stuffed Cucumbers, anyone?

So this is a preview of my next food column about Cooking with Cukes! We have so many, and a couple got missed and got way to large – so i stuffed and baked them!

baked stuffed cukesSo i started with this:

halved seeded cukesstuffed cukes

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So here is the recipe:

3-cheese Baked Stuffed Cucumbers

Ingredients:

3 large, fat cucumbers

Salt, pepper, balsamic or wine vinegar

2 teaspoons butter

1 onion

4 oz. mushrooms

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups mashed potatoes (about 2 potatoes)

1 egg

1 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

1/4 cup minced fresh chives

1 cup diced cooked ham, optional

1/4 cup Parmesan

 

Directions:

Peel cucumbers. Cut cucumbers in half; remove and discard seeds. Sprinkle lightly with salt, sugar & vinegar; set aside.

In small skillet, melt butter; add diced onion & sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt & cook 5 – 10 minutes on low heat. Set aside.

Boil potatoes with salt (or have ready leftover mashed potatoes). In food processor or a bowl, mash together potatoes, egg, and cheeses until combined. Stir in onions & mushrooms, chopped fresh herbs and ham, if using.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a baking dish large enough to hold all cucumber halves. Drain the liquid from the cukes; I like to drink it or add it to soup.

Stuff cucumber halves with mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Bake 45 minutes.

Serves 4 – 6.

Baked Stuffed Cukes are ready! DSCN5301

For my other 2 recipes with cooked cucumbers – Cucumber Chicken Skillet and Stir-Fried Chicken, Carrots & Cukes see my forthcoming column in Thursdays Adirondack Daily Enterprise! Also ideas for how to cook with cukes.

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