I make two different recipes for Cucumbers and Onions, both delicious but different from each other. The first recipe is made with sour cream, no mayonnaise. This recipe gives you a very creamy, cool, light, fresh feel in your mouth. The tart, sweet flavor is still there, along with a taste of dill. It’s absolutely delicious and a new favorite of my neighbors who taste tested it today.
The second recipe is a classic Cucumber and Onion recipe made with vinegar, water and sugar. This is the recipe you grandmother and mother have been making for years. The recipe you grew up on, the recipe we think about when summer is here and cucumbers are plentiful. There’s room in your fridge for both versions of Cucumber and Onions when the heat of summer begs for something cool and delicious, Enjoy!
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Cucumbers and Onions in Sour Cream
4 medium cucumbers, washed, peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 medium onion, cut in half , cut each half into thin slices
1 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon plus one Teaspoon, apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar, or to your liking.
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dill weed, more if you like
Dash of salt
The ingredient amounts are a good base to start with, everyone’s tastes are different. Taste and adjust to your liking.
Place your sliced cucumbers in a colander, place the colander into a large bowl. Sprinkle a good dash of salt over the cucumbers. The salt will release the water in the cucumbers so the dressing won’t be watery. Place a small plate over top the cucumbers, push down slightly. Set aside for a couple hours.
Drain any water in the bowl. You can rinse the cucumbers in the colander to get rid of the salt if you like. Pat dry with a paper towel. Remove the cucumbers from the colander to a large bowl, add the onion and set aside. In a medium size bowl, combine the sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dill weed and salt and pepper. Whisk to combine, pour dressing over cucumbers. Fold dressing into cucumbers and onions gently, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, for at least 2 hours. Serve cold. Keep leftover Cucumber and Onions wrapped and refrigerated.
Classic Cucumbers and Onions
1 large cucumber, washed,peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
3/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup cold water
2 Tablespoons sugar, more if desired.
In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers and onions. In a medium size bowl, combine the vinegar, water and sugar. Whisk together until sugar is dissolved. Pour over the cucumbers and onions. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve cold. Keep leftover Cucumber and Onions wrapped and refrigerated.