Did you know that cucumbers are part of the gourd family (like your favorite summer squash, zucchini)? Well, they are, so start thinking of cukes outside the salad realm. Follow the lead of James Beard Award winner Tory Miller of Estrellόn in Madison, Wisconsin, who shares his recipe for charred cucumbers served over a sweet-and-sour turmeric crema.
Just like with any summer squash, if you're looking for a good sear, get the pan screaming hot. Cucumbers have an especially high water content, so if the pan isn't hot enough, they're just going to steam.
Charred Cucumbers with Turmeric CremaRecipe adapted from Tory Miller, Estrellón, Madison, WI
Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes