The Cucumber Boats with Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, and Cilantro

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The Grecian New Orleanian - Cucumber Boats

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The Grecian New Orleanian - Caramelized Onion mixture, for cucumber boats

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The Grecian New Orleanian - Sliced onions being caramelized.

I was cleaning my cucumber for a salad, and I was taking out the seeds. In a grill pan next to me, was the delicious combo of caramelized onions, tomatoes, and cilantro, to go alongside my pan seared pork chops. My husband walked up and asked if I was making a cucumber boat, not realizing that he JUST gave me a great idea. How cool would it be, if I DID make cucumber boats, filled with the mixture? And so…..here we are. This recipe will give you 4 cucumber boats. Great as a vegetarian, Lenten, fasting,  or “just-because-you-love-this” snack. Here we go…..

1 very large sweet or yellow onion, cut into 4 thick slices

extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 handful of fresh cilantro, snipped (plus, a little more for garnish)

2 very large cucumbers, peeled, cut in half long ways, seeds taken out with spoon

paprika for garnish (optional)

stove-top grill pan, or heavy-bottom pan,  or non-stick pan

This recipe is quick, so have everything ready to go. 🙂 n your pan, add a little olive oil to coat bottom of your pan. Add your 4 onion slices (about 1/2 inch thick). Cook each side on medium-high heat for 3 and half minutes. While that’s cooking, prepare your cucumbers. Remove onions from heat. Using tongs, start separating your onion into rings, and stir in your pan to break them apart (I used kitchen shears to cut them smaller). Add your chopped tomatoes, cilantro, salt, and pepper to your onions. Mix well. Salt your cucumbers. Fill each cucumber with the mixture. Garnish with cilantro and paprika. Keep in refrigerator, until ready to serve. That’s it! Enjoy!

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