Bootie’s Cucumbers

First – let’s tackle the pronunciation.  Sound out the o’s as if you were saying book, not boot.  Bootie was my maternal Grandma.  She had a sharp wit and quick wink (which I’m very grateful to have inherited).  I’m not entirely sure how she first got that nickname but it definitely seemed to suit her.

I have very fond memories of Gram in the kitchen – she made killer deviled eggs, hearty chicken noodle soup from scratch and my personal favorite – these cucumbers!  I’m not sure if they quite qualify as a pickle but they sure are delicious.  Every summer I knew a quart could be found in her fridge and if we were lucky a container would be sent our way as well.  Recently craving these refreshingly sweet’n’ vinegary cucs I had my Mom track down the recipe and I’m so glad I did.  Now I get to share it with you kind folks!

3-4 cucumbers (or as many as you’d like!)
1 large sweet onion
1 green pepper
1 1/3 cup white vinegar
2 2/3 cup water
½ cup sugar
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Peel the cucumber and slice it.  Slice the onion and pepper the same width as the cucs.  In a large bowl layer the vegetables, alternating with layers of salt.Cover and let sit for 1 hour.  The salt will draw out some of the water from the vegetables and they will begin to soften. Rinse with cold water.  Join the vinegar, water, sugar, salt & pepper and mix well.  Pour over the vegetables and store in the fridge – simple as that!This is one of those fantastic recipes that requires little more than a cutting board and a bowl so as the heat rages on for these last few weeks of summer you’ll want these cool cucs waiting for you in the fridge – they’re great as a side dish or atop burgers, cottage cheese, salads…


About amyreneesam

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2 Responses to Bootie’s Cucumbers

  1. My grandmother made just about the same cukes and I have always looked forward to having them in the summer! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Susan says:

    Oh yeow these look delicious!! Thanks for sharing Ams!

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