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Published September 09, 2009, 12:00 AM

CHEF JEFF — ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Glazed Cucumbers with Sesame

Are you looking for a new way to fix your cucumbers besides sliced in a little vinegar?

By: Herald Staff Report,

Are you looking for a new way to fix your cucumbers besides sliced in a little vinegar? Then, try this recipe, adapted from “Savoring Spices and Herbs: Recipe Secrets of Flavor, Aroma, and Color” by Julie Sahni.

Glazed Cucumbers with Sesame

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

3 cucumbers, ends trimmed, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Lightly toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes; set aside.

Cut cucumber halves crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Cut each piece lengthwise into ½-inch thick julienne sticks.

Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat; add cucumber pieces, salt and pepper. Cook until cucumber is opaque. Sprinkle with water. Cover; cook until just soft.

Uncover skillet; raise the heat to high. Cook, shaking pan, until pieces are glazed, about 1 minute. Transfer to serving dish. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, lime juice and cilantro.

Yield: Serves 4.

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