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.







Ingredients
  • 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

Directions

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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31 comments:

  1. I have never tried cucumbers like this before, but it looks perfect for a picnic!

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  2. This is definitely something I have not tried before - but I'm very curious! Cucumbers are so fresh for the summer...yummo!

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  3. Dill and sour cream are the best friends of cucumber as far as I'm concerned. What a great salad and I bet it is even better with fresh picked cucumbers from the garden.

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  4. I'm so glad you came back to us and brought this cucumber salad! You've been missed!

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  5. I make this a lot in the summer as a side dish. Its one of my favorites!

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  6. Mmmmm....sounds so good. I love all the flavors in this salad!

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  7. Yum! Cucumber salad is very popular around here. I love that yours isn't as wet as other versions! (if you're looking for another twist, try tarragon vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. so good!)

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  8. What a great recipe! I adore dill, and also love that yours isn't as wet as some too.

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  9. You may find this hard to believe (no you won't!) I have eaten this many, many times at potlucks. Maybe it's a WI thing? I agree though often the cucumbers are floating in the dressing, I like it the other way around. Yum!!

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  10. My MIL makes this all the time...so yummy and a summer favorite :)

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  11. Yum!! I have never seen this version but the flavors sound so delicious. Perfect for a hot summer day!

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  12. Oh hubby would love this, he complains I don't use dill enough

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  13. looks perfect for summer! Love it :)

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  14. Looks perfect for any picnic!! Love it!!

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  15. Perfect for summer, cucumbers are my favorite.

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  16. It's been far too long since I've had this, it's so good! And perfect for summer

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  17. I've never tried this type of cucumber salad but I'm loving the dill on top!

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  18. My Mom used to make cucumber salad when I was a kid. I haven't had one since. This is recipe is a great place to start!

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  19. Anything that combines sour cream and dill is a winner in my book. This looks so good and a perfect salad to share. Yum!

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  20. My mother is 100% Polish and she makes this all time - I had no idea it was Polish recipe!:-) It's my favorite summer salad!

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  21. oh my goodness!! I LOVE this! looks lovely, refreshing and delicious!

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  22. What a cool, delicious dish! I can picture this alongside anything hot off the grill. Yum!

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  23. So refreshing and different! I used to eat cucumbers a lot but now I only pickle them. I´d love to try this salad.

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  24. I make this salad every season. It's so good! Yum!

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  25. Oh, I have never tried this type of cuke salad before (w/ the sour cream) - it looks creamy and delicious!

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  26. Yum, this looks so cool and refreshing! My husband's family is Polish, so I'll have to ask if they've ever had this!

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  27. Cucumber salad is my favorite salad! Your recipe is so creamy and delicious!

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  28. Yum! This salad looks amazing. I love cucumber salads, and this is a great recipe!

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  29. We've missed you Melanie, welcome back! I've never seen this type of cucumber salad before, great for a picnic.

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  30. Oh yum! I love creamy cucumber salads. This is so light and refreshing - it'd be the perfect side dish for a barbeque or picnic.

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  31. Such a delicious and simple salad!Love the herbs in there and the yoghurt!So refreshing and super tasty!

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