Our community garden at work worked its magic this year and produced monster cucumbers. I mean, these babies are humongous! You’re looking at 1/4 cucumber here. I took one home with no idea how we’re going to consume it. It is way too big for a salad and besides, Rob doesn’t like cucumbers. I know, almost in every post I say Rob doesn’t like this or that and it is the truth! However, he will try everything once and I actually got him eating (and loving) food he never had before. I gotta give the guy credit where credit is due.
Driving home with this enormous cucumber I get the idea that I should perhaps stuff it with something and make it a meal. I’m sure there are tons of stuffed cucumber recipes online. I was right. Closed my eyes and picked one. I had all the ingredients on hand and it took me longer to figure out how to work my new food processor than to make this recipe. Super easy! My food processor, not so much.
4 medium Cucumbers (or one giant size)
½ cup Feta cheese
1 small Garlic clove, minced (1/2 teaspoon)
½ cup Walnuts
¼ cup chopped fresh Parsley
¼ cup Milk
½ teaspoon Paprika
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Peel and halve cucumber(s) lengthwise and remove seeds. I used ice scream scooper for this and worked great for its size. I think leaving the skin on would add interest to the presentation, but this skin was tough and I was not in the mood to chew it.
In a blender or food processor, combine parsley and walnuts until dusty in texture.
Add milk, feta, garlic, cayenne pepper and paprika and puree until smooth.
Fill cucumber halves with walnut-feta mixture. Slice into wedges and lightly sprinkle with extra paprika.
This was surprisingly flavorful, light and refreshing. I left the plate outside for Rob to snack on as he was busy in the yard, thinking he won’t eat much of it. Remember, not the cucumber kind of guy. Believe you me, when I checked later the plate was empty!
Jas is a cheesecake addict and the author of the Balkan Comfort Food cookbook available on Amazon. You can download a free excerpt of the book when you subscribe to All that's Jas newsletter updates. To learn more about Jas visit her About page.
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