Jared told me that in an interview one time. We're pretty much BFFs. Okay, that might not be 100% factual, but the quote is.
I honestly don't recall where I first had these marinated cucumbers. It must have been at some holiday potluck or gathering. Cucumbers aren't really anything special to me and I hardly ever buy them (I just don't get the all commotion, plus they go bad so quickly!), so I was taken aback by how much I truly enjoyed this light side dish. Yet, vinegar delights me and I'm fairly certain I'm a sugar addict. Cucumbers are downright neutral so it's really no surprise why I enjoy these marinated 'cumbers so much. This dish is basically sugar and vinegar, let's be real.
After I first tasted them I was on a mission from god to try and replicate what I had eaten. Of course, now I know this is a super common, kind of southern(?) side dish. Okay, so I might of made that one up but it sounds right. Right? Southern sounds right. Anyway, who knew?! I certainly never grew up eating it so I had no idea! Parading around like I'd discovered Narnia or something...what a fool.
I've made this recipe several times and I use about 1/4 cup of vinegar and sugar, per cucumber. So no matter how many 'cumbers you want to marinate, that's a good ratio to start with. Three cucumbers might not seem like a whole lot, but this recipe makes enough for a crowd. I promise.
This dish is a perfect marriage of sour and sugary with notes from the delicate, herbed cucumber slices and sweet onion.
Sweet Marinated Cucumbers
Notes: It's best to leave the cucumbers to marinate overnight if possible. Use a mandolin if you have one. If you don't...it's time to hop on that bandwagon! I freeze, then reuse the marinade because I'm frugal like that.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tsp. dill weed
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 heaping tsp. celery seeds
- 3 cucumbers, sliced
- 1/2 sweet onion, sliced
In a large bowl, whisk together everything but the cucumbers and onion. Slice the veggies then add them to the bowl and stir well to coat. I like to press the cucumbers down so they are all submerged.
Allow to rest in fridge overnight if you can. Serve chilled using a slotted spoon.
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