This is another of the recipes that I’ve tried from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. I would have never thought to take a cucumber and bake it. This is an interestingly delicious side dish.
6 cucumbers (about 8” long)
2 Tbls wine vinegar
1 ½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp sugar
3 Tbls melted butter
½ tsp dill or basil
3 to 4 Tbls minced green onions
1/8 tsp pepper
Peel the cucumbers; cut in half lengthwise; scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut into lengthwise strips about 1/8” wide. Cut the strips into 2” pieces.
Toss the cucumbers in a bowl with the vinegar, salt, and sugar. Let stand at least 30 minutes or for several hours. Drain; pat dry in paper towel.
Preheat oven to 375.
Toss cucumbers in a baking dish with the butter, herbs, onions and pepper. Set uncovered in middle level of preheated oven for about 1 hour. Toss 2 or 3 times until cucumbers are tender but still have a suggestion of crispness and texture. They will barely color during the cooking.