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Sweet-Spicy Cucumbers over Tomatoes

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 2 tomato slices and about 1/3 cup cucumber mixture)
Be sure to use pickling cucumbers, which are shorter and thinner-skinned than regular cucumbers. Though 4 days is the maximum, the longer the cucumbers marinate, the spicier and more garlicky they'll become.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumber (about 2 cucumbers)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 whole dried red chiles
  • 16 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 32
  • caloriesfromfat 6 %
  • fat 0.2 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.8 g
  • carbohydrate 7.7 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 115 mg
  • calcium 11 mg

How to Make It

  1. Arrange half of cucumber in a 9-inch pie plate. Top with half of onion. Repeat procedure with remaining cucumber and onion.

  2. Combine vinegar and next 5 ingredients (vinegar through chiles) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour hot vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 to 4 days.

  3. Arrange tomato slices on a platter; sprinkle evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Remove cucumber mixture from marinade with a slotted spoon; arrange over tomato slices.