Fantastic Food Friday- Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers

Do you have cucumbers coming out of your ears yet? I have a confession. I don’t really like cucumbers. If they aren’t pickled or in relish or have loads of dip on them, I probably won’t eat them. But I will eat these sweet and spicy cucumbers from Our Best Bites, because… YUM!

Watch your cucumbers go from boring to WOW! In about two hours, you have a terrific spicy side dish or snacks throughout the week and is also great to take on picnics.

But me being me, I’ve made some modifications to the recipe based on what I usually have in my pantry and to clean it up a little.

So go here first and check out the original recipe. Then come back and see what I did!

Here’s what you need!

3-4 cups peeled, sliced in half-moons cucumbers
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ c water
3 tablespoons coconut sugar (You can use white sugar, but coconut sugar keeps it clean!)
2 tablespoons finely diced red onion (I run mine through the food processor)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Put cucumbers in a colander and toss with salt. Let drain at least an hour. If you skip this your final dish will be watered down. Who wants that?

While it’s draining, bring the vinegar, water, sugar and red pepper flakes to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer. Let simmer until its reduced to 1/3 to 1/2. Let cool to room temp. Stir in onions.

When the cucumbers are done draining, place in bowl and combine with the marinade. Let it chill out in the fridge for another hour or so.

Too spicy? Try this cucumbers salad!

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
½ cup ice cubs
¼ cup white vinegar
½ teaspoon sea salt

Mix cucumbers, vinegar and salt in a quart mason jar. Pour ice cubes over the cucumbers, cover and put in fridge. I usually let it sit until the ice cubes are melted.

How do you like your cucumbers?

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