Candied Cucumber

Serves 6


1 cucumber

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1/2 cup mint, minced

Method of Preparation:

1.Thinly slice the cucumber. I found that 1/4-inch slices worked the best. I tried using 1/8-inch slices and many of them broke when I lifted them off of the baking sheet. I used the crinkle cut blade on my mandoline to cut them, but you could certainly cut them by hand (and not obsess about making them all equal thickness).

2.Fill a large pan with sugar and water. Try to use a pan with a large diameter (don't worry about it being tall) that can fit many cucumber slices without them overlapping. Don't worry if they won't all fit. I did mine in two batches.

3.Heat the sugar and water on medium-high and mix periodically until the sugar completely dissolves.

4.Turn heat down to medium-low and toss in the mint and as many cucumber slices as you can fit without them overlapping.

5.Cook the cucumbers for 20 minutes.

6.Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or with parchment paper.

7.Scoop the cucumbers out of the syrup and place them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

8.Return any large chunks of mint to the pot (because the candied cucumber slices look better without big green chunks stuck to them).

9.Repeat steps 4-8 for the second half of your cucumber slices.

10.Bake cucumbers at 180 F for two hours.

11.Carefully remove cucumbers from the trays and enjoy.