Hot cucumbers with basil and tomatoes

Hot cucumbers with basil and tomatoes

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Serves
6

A superb accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 green cucumbers
salt
30g butter
2 spring onions, including green tops
125ml Crème fraîche
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablepoon fresh basil leaves
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced

Method

  1. Peel cucumbers thinly, halve lengthways and scoop out seeds. Cut crossways into crescents about 5 mm thick. Sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in a colander for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry well.
  2. Heat butter in a pan, add cucumber and cook over high heat for 2–3 minutes, turning the pieces over to seal them. Cut spring onions on the long diagonal into slivers and add to pan with crème fraîche. Season with salt and pepper and cook gently for 5 minutes more. Serve at once, scattered with basil.
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