Cucumber Gratin

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This dish takes its inspiration from Julia Child’s recipe for baked cucumbers in Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

  • 1/2-cup servingServings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 English cucumbers or 3 garden cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded, and cut into 2- x 1/2-inch strips (4 cups)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Cook 3 minutes, or until beginning to brown.

2. Toss cucumbers in 13- x 9-inch baking dish with 1 Tbs. brown butter, salt, and sugar. Bake 25 minutes.

3. Remove dish from oven, and preheat broiler. Add chives, tarragon, dill, and lemon zest to cucumbers, and toss to coat. Season with pepper, if desired.

4. Stir together breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and remaining 1 Tbs. brown butter in bowl. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over cucumbers. Broil 2 minutes, or until crumbs are golden brown.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 6
  • Calories: 85
  • Carbohydrate Content: 7 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 13 mg
  • Fat Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 355 mg
  • Sugar Content: 2 g