Heather Christo’s recipe box is full of recipes that I want to make. This one, for Spicy Pickled Cucumbers recently caught my eye because it is perfect for days when you want something refreshing and chilled that you can mix and match with so many other dishes.
You start with: a large cucumber, rice wine vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, and crushed red pepper flakes. This would also be nice if you added some fresh herbs at the end!
Start by thinly slicing the cucumbers, as thinly as you can manage. Set them aside.
Pour your rice vinegar in a saucepan.
Next add the sugar.
Then the salt!
Then the red pepper flakes for a little kick.
Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and whisk until the sugar and salt dissolve fully.
Remove the pot from the heat and let the liquid cool completely.
Then place your cucumbers in a bowl and pour the pickling liquid over them.
Stir them well and let them sit in the refrigerator, making sure to stir them every so often so that the flavors really blend together and the cucumbers pickle evenly.
This dish is wonderful with some chunks of tofu, or a medley of other summer vegetables. It could also be a condiment on a sandwich or stored in a jar for a rainy day.
You can eat these just as a little salad, or as the perfect crunchy, sweet, salty and spicy addition to a sandwich.
1. Thinly slice the cucumber, and set aside.
2. Warm the rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. When you have brought it to a simmer, whisk well to make sure that the sugar and salt have dissolved.
3. Transfer it to a bowl and let it cool completely.
4. When the liquid is cool, add the cucumber slices.
5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- 1 whole Large English Cucumber
- 1 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
- ¼ cups Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- ¼ teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
There’s so much to say about Georgia, we don’t know where to start. Leaving Wall Street for the French Culinary Institute, followed by a stint at the Gramercy Tavern and La Chassagnette in France, her passion for food and food traditions are evident and inspiring. Visit her site at Georgia Pellegrini, where you’ll find more recipes, photos, learn all about her wonderful books Girl Hunter and Food Heroes, and enjoy her latest adventures.