Introduction: Cucumber Meets Oven
Cucumbers and ovens aren't usually in the same sentence. When you harvest twenty plus cukes every day, you need to be open minded. This recipe is simple and quick. The result is a delicious healthy snack that you will love.
You will need a cutting board and a sharp knife
A vegetable peeler is helpful if your knife skills aren't up to the task.
A baking tray with parchment paper to cover
A bowl and two plates
An egg with a squirt of water
A fork to whisk the egg and water
A cup of bread crumbs
Half a cup of Flower
Cucumbers of course
And sauces, lots of sauces!
Step 1: Pre Heat Oven, Peel and Deseed Cucumbers
Preheat oven to 425°f
These are rather large pickling cucumbers. The blossom end is kind of bitter, the stem end is tough. Cut them off and peel. The seeds aren't a problem but they could go mushy so cut them off as well.
Step 2: Whisk Egg
Add a little water to the egg and whisk it up.
Step 3: Create the Assembly Line
You'll need to put the flour and bread crumbs on their own individual plates. I'm using organic sweet chestnut flour I make myself from the trees on my farm, but any flour will do.These are Italian bread crumbs with herbs, panko crumbs would work as well. I'm thinking of making my own gluten free version next time, using all the partial loaves that have accumulated in my freezer. My gluten intolerant son never finishes a loaf when he visits.
Step 4: Get Your Hands Dirty
Roll the cucumber spears in the flour.
Step 5: Even More Dirty
Now dip them into the egg.
Step 6: Now All Clumpy
Now cover them with bread crumbs and set them on the parchment covered tray. Your fingers will start to resemble your hiking boots when walking in clay after a rain. Try to cover cucumbers completely if you can. I'm sure a few uncovered spots won't be a problem. Its just nice to see a job well done.
Step 7: Now Cucumber Meets Oven
Now the oven should be up to temperature. Slide the tray in and leave it there for 10 minutes.
Step 8: Remove From Oven
OK that's it. There done, really that's it. Now get ready to enjoy.
Step 9: Plate and Serve
Sauces, sauces and more sauces. Even dry spices will be welcome. I have my organic home made pepper powders available for those who like it HOT! red and green. Darn, I didn't realize I was out of sriracha. I should also have put out ketchup and BBQ sauce for those who aren't into hot sauces. Mayo, parmesan, horseradish. The list goes on and on. Once these hit the table you may want to start the next batch right away. After all the ovens still hot. Enjoy!
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