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When Life Gives Your Cucumbers, Make Cucumber Soup

Sunday, July 29, 2012

My cukes are just about the only thing left in my garden that hasn't keeled over in this heat and drought.  That and the Romas.  But, despite that fact, I have tons of blooms but no cukes!

So I was really  happy when Hen House ran the special earlier this week for locally grown cucumbers for just 25 cents each.  I picked up 4 of the most mammoth cukes you have ever seen.  In fact, I should have weighed them before I set to work on making the most delicious cold cucumber soup.

Have you ever tried this?  If not, you must!  I had it for the first time earlier this Spring and fell in love.  It's creamy, it's cold, and so light on your tongue.



CrankyPuppy's Cool-Me-Down Cucumber Soup
Easily serves 4 with leftovers; prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large cucumbers (or 4 medium-sized)
1/4 cup chopped parsley (I often omit this)
3 scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 tablespoon dried dill)
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pint buttermilk
1/2 pint plain or Greek yogurt
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Preparation:

  1. Peel the cucumbers (they're so slick, it's easier to use a potato peeler than a knife.)
  2. Cut them in half and remove the seeds. My technique is to use a paring knife to get most of it, then use the tip of a spoon and the rest scrapes right out.)
  3. Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt and let them stand 30 minutes. This will draw some of the water out of the cukes.
  4. Drain the excess water off.
  5. Chop the cucumbers coarsely and put the pieces in the blender along with scallions, dill, lemon juice, buttermilk, and yogurt. Blend at high speed.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Chill well before serving.  I like to top each bowl with chopped scallions, sprigs of mint, or fresh shrimp. 

The flavors continue to blend as this soup sits, and it hits peak max flavor at about 2 days after you make it.  But you can eat it as soon as it's chilled also.  It's so light that it's really more of an appetizer or snack, though.  Also, you can substitute sour cream for the yogurt or heavy cream for the buttermilk and add more dill for taste.  I'm not a huge dill fan, so the recipe above is what I use and it's quite "dilly" enough for me.  ;-)

By the way, my cost to double the recipe and feed up to 8 people was just $4.37!  ($1.28 for 1 quart of buttermilk, $2.09 for 1.5 pint plain yogurt, and $1.00 for cucumbers; everything else was fresh from the garden or in my pantry).

So, if your garden is doing great and you end up with more cucumbers than you know what do with, this is a great way to enjoy them. 

Hope you enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. Oh that sounds nice!

    I have never tasted cucumber soup
    but this one looks tasty.

    Thanks for the recipe.

    Fiona

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  2. Hi, Fiona! I was actually afraid to try it for the longest time. I mean...cucumber soup?! But I took a chance and tried someone else's and was hooked. It really is tasty. And I just updated the post with my costs - just a little over $4.00 to feed more than 8 people!

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  3. I must admit I have never eaten, let alone made cucumber soup!!! I am game to try it out... My cuke's are doing fine in the heat too, and have more than enough to devote to this yummy looking recipe...
    Thanx!
    Trace

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  4. I should try to make this. Thanks for sharing! This is such a great idea and the photos really help too

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  5. Ooooohhhh man this looks good. I'll try it this week, it sounds like we're going to have a scorcher!

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  6. I will have to try this. It looks perfect for these hot days. Yum!

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  7. This looks really good! I don't know how it took me so long to get over here...actually I read your post and thought I commented already. I am going to try this I have been craving cucumbers something fierce mine got burnt up pretty quick!

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  9. you know, I'm going to try this.
    Although I love cukes in any form
    I've never had it as soup.
    thanks for sharing
    sandy

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