Recipe courtesy of The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Braised Cucumbers with Dill

Cucumbers become meltingly tender when cooked, with a flavor similar to yellow squash. Kirby cucumbers, the kind typically used for pickles, are crisp and unwaxed, allowing you to leave a little of the skin on which brings additional texture and color to the finished dish. Choose cucumbers that are firm, without any bruises or blemishes, and not too large. The larger the cucumber, the seedier it tends to be. Leeks lend a delicate onion note. To clean the leeks, cut them first and then soak in several changes of cold water until no grit remains.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 leek, white and tender green parts, diced and well washed

6 Kirby cucumbers, peeled in stripes with a vegetable peeler, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick 


1/4 cup snipped fresh dill (cut with scissors or sliced with a chef's knife)


  1. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cucumbers, season with salt and toss to coat. Add 1/4 cup of water and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter and cover the pan. Cook until the cucumbers are crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Uncover the pan, raise the heat to medium, add the dill and cook until the liquid has almost evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes more.

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