Sunday, September 25, 2011

cucumber snackers

My cucumbers have flourished this year.  The trouble is that I haven't found a way to preserve them for colder days, except by making pickles -- which half the residents of this house don't eat.  So I made one batch of pickles for myself and determined to deal with the rest of the cucumber surplus fresh.  These pretty snackers were a big hit with friends.  Three cucumbers disappeared likitty-split.

Zippy Ham Salad Cucumber Snackers 
1/4 lb deli ham, sliced thick and finely diced
1 celery rib, finely chopped
a couple of spoon fulls of green olives, drained and chopped
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 dill pickle, finely chopped
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper
a couple of cucumbers 
Combine everything but the cucumbers. 
Peel off half of the cucumber skin (more if it's tough).  Slice the cucumbers into 11/2 inch disks.  Use a melon baller to remove a scoop from the centre of each disk, making a little cup.  Fill the cups with ham salad.  Enjoy. 
Recipe from Rachel Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals (Clarkson Potter Pub., 2005).
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1 comment:

  1. These look DELICIOUS! My cucumbers didn't do well this year, and they are all gone.