Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Taiwanese Sesame Cucumbers

Sorry. Here's another "pickle-ish" recipe. With an Asian twist. It's quick to fix and would be a wonderful foil to sesame noodles or your favorite stir-fry.

Taiwanese Sesame Cucumbers
Makes enough for 12 (unless they're for me...and I might not share.)

3 seedless cucumbers, chilled in the freezer for 10 minutes
1/2 cup toasted sesame oil

1/3 cup rice vinegar

Kosher salt

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

4 scallions, coarsely chopped

Cut the cucumbers lengthwise into eighths, then cut them crosswise into 2-inch-long sticks. In a large bowl, combine the sesame oil, vinegar and a large pinch of salt. Add the cucumbers and toss well. Let stand for 10 minutes, tossing a few times.

In a mini food processor, combine the sesame seeds, crushed red pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Process until the sesame seeds are coarsely chopped. Add half of the mixture to the cucumbers and toss well. Arrange the cucumbers on a platter. Sprinkle with the remaining sesame seed mixture and the scallions and serve.

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