Hungarian Cucumber Salad!!

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Since my cucumber patch in my garden is producing a bumper crop I though I would share one of our favourite ways to prepare them. This recipe is a family favourite and is inspired by my Uncle Matthew’s recipe and is very easy to make.  It takes a little time for the cucumbers to release their water and for the dressing to soak into the cucumbers.

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Hungarian Cucumber Salad

3 large English or Lebanese cucumbers sliced very thin

1/4 cup of salt

3 cloves of garlic minced fine

1 cup of sour cream

3 Tbsps of white vinegar

1/4 cup of minced fresh dill

1/4 cup of finely minced chives

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1/2 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika

Place the sliced of cucumber in layers with the salt in a colander over a bowl.  Place a plate on top and press down with a heavy weight.  Leave for one hour to let the cucumbers release their water.  Mix all the rest of the ingredients except the paprika together.  Rinse the cucumbers several times and then place in the centre of a clean dry tea towel.  Twist the tea towel with the cucumbers inside to press out the water.  Once you have extracted as much water as possible, place the cucumbers in the bowl and mix well with the dressing.  Sprinkle the paprika over the top and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.  Place in the fridge for an hour to let the flavours meld.  I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe.  Cheers, Michele

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