Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mizeria (Polish Cucumber Salad) #SundaySupper

It's Memorial Day Weekend!  For many, this means taking the time to honor those that have served us and died during active service, as well as observing the first true weekend of summertime.  Many choose to spend time with their family, and a picnic is a perfect way to do that.

This week, the #SundaySupper Contributors are bringing their favorite picnic foods!  It wouldn't be a picnic or a cookout in our house if I didn't make a huge bowl of Mizeria.  To my Polish in-laws, this is the best recipe out there!  There's nothing fancy about it, and I'm sure there are others on the internet that are identical to what I've done here.  This is a very simple dish that shouldn't be altered too much..... the tartness of the cider vinegar combined with the creaminess of the sour cream make a basic flavor that is truly delightful against the salted cucumbers!  Heaven in a bowl!

What I've done that's a bit different from other Mizeria recipes is that I've cut back on the sour cream and increased the cucumbers.  I find that others out there are too "wet".  This ratio, to my taste, is perfect.

  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried dill


Wash and peel the cucumbers.  Slice very thin and place in a non-metal bowl.  Sprinkle the salt over the sliced cucumbers and toss with a spoon until the salt coats all of the slices. Place an inverted plate on top of the cucumbers and place something on the plate to lightly weight it down.  Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Remove the bowl from the refrigerator, and drain the water from the bowl so that all is left in the bowl are the cucumbers.  (do not rinse!)  In another small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients well.  Pour over the cucumbers and lightly mix until all the cucumbers are coated.  Place back in the refrigerator until you serve. (minimum of 30 minutes for best flavor)  Best if made the same day as serving.

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