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Cucumbers and Cream


I first ate this types of greens - cucumbers prepared something like this when they were served alongside braised chicken breast, and I have always thought the combination almost perfect. Roast chicken or oven-baked chicken breasts are also very good menu companions.

Makes 6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 medium-size common cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thickly sliced; or 2 English cucumbers, unpeeled, prepared in the same manner

  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste

  • Chopped fresh parsley

  1. Melt the butter in a medium-size heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook the cucumbers, tossing or stirring, until crisply tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in the wine, stock, cream, and thyme. Cover and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the cover, raise the heat to medium, and boil until the cream thickens into an unctuous sauce, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve this simple vegetables recipes very hot, garnished with the parsley.

Variation: thinly slice half of a small onion and add it to the butter when the cucumbers are being sautéed, then continue with the recipe.
 

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