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Stuffed Cucumbers Recipe

Stuffed Cucumbers Recipe

History and Fun Facts:
Stuffed cucumbers are a delightful dish that combines the crispness of cucumbers with a flavorful filling. Although the exact origin of this recipe is uncertain, stuffed vegetables have been enjoyed in various cuisines for centuries. In Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, stuffed vegetables have a long history, and cucumber is often chosen as a vessel for stuffing due to its hollow shape and refreshing taste.

Did you know that cucumbers belong to the gourd family, which also includes squash, pumpkin, and melons? Cucumbers are not only delicious but also low in calories and rich in hydration, making them a great addition to any meal.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Stuffed Cucumbers:

Ingredients:
- 4 cucumbers
- Vinegar
- 1 cup pecans or Brazil nuts, chopped
- 6 tablespoons mashed potatoes
- 1 well-beaten egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 saltspoon white pepper
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Butter, for greasing the dish

For the White Sauce:
- 1 cup milk
- Dash of powdered cloves
- 1 well-beaten egg
- Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. This will create a hollow space to fill with the delicious stuffing.

2. Lay the cucumber halves in a dish and cover them with vinegar. Let them soak overnight. This step will help enhance their flavor and crispness.

3. The next day, remove the cucumbers from the vinegar and pat them dry using a kitchen towel or paper towels.

4. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

5. In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped pecans or Brazil nuts, mashed potatoes, well-beaten egg, salt, chopped parsley, white pepper, nutmeg, and melted butter. Mix well to form a cohesive filling.

6. Grease a baking dish with butter and arrange the cucumber halves, cut side up, in the dish.

7. Spoon the filling mixture into the hollow of each cucumber half, distributing it evenly among them.

8. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until the cucumbers are tender and the filling is golden brown.

9. While the stuffed cucumbers are baking, prepare the white sauce. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it starts to simmer.

10. Reduce the heat to low, add a dash of powdered cloves, and slowly pour in the well-beaten egg while stirring continuously to prevent curdling.

11. Continue cooking the sauce for a few more minutes until it thickens slightly.

12. Season the white sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

13. Once the stuffed cucumbers are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.

14. Serve the stuffed cucumbers hot, drizzled with the white sauce prepared earlier.

Enjoy your delectable Stuffed Cucumbers as a unique and flavorful side dish or even as a light vegetarian main course. The combination of the crisp cucumber, the nutty filling, and the creamy white sauce creates a delicious harmony of flavors.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoy stuffed vegetables, you might also like the following recipes:

1. Stuffed Bell Peppers: Fill colorful bell peppers with a mixture of cooked rice or quinoa, ground meat, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Bake them until tender for a hearty and flavorful meal.

2. Stuffed Zucchini Boats: Scoop out the flesh of zucchini halves and fill them with a mixture of ground meat, rice, onions, tomatoes, and your choice of spices. Bake until the zucchini is tender and the filling is cooked through.

3. Stuffed Eggplants: Cut eggplants in half and scoop out the flesh. Mix the eggplant flesh with breadcrumbs, grated cheese, herbs, and spices. Fill the eggplant halves with this mixture and bake until golden brown and deliciously fragrant.

These stuffed vegetable dishes offer a wide range of flavor combinations and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Experiment with different fillings and spices to create your own unique variations. Enjoy your culinary adventures!

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