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Fried Cucumbers!

 

I have had so many cucumbers this year, so I am using them in every way possible.  I mean there are only so many salads you can eat!    It has been said we will bread and fry anything in the south and it will be good!!!  That's almost the truth!!!   Why not fried cucumbers then?   We fry squash, okra, green tomatoes, pickles, mushrooms...so why not cucumbers?    They are delicious!!!   If you have never tried them, they are less tart than fried green tomatoes and lighter in flavor than squash, but they are yummy!! ! 

4-5 medium size cucumbers
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour (self rising or plain, doesn't matter)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Cajun seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's) optional
oil for frying



Slice the cucumbers, unpeeled, in about 1/4 inch slices.  Pour buttermilk over them and let them stand a few minutes.   Mix the cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper.   Dredge the slices of cucumber in the mixture until well coated.  


Heat the deep fryer or about 2-3 inches of oil in a deep pan to 350 degrees.  Carefully drop the cucumber slices into the fryer in batches.  You will probably have 2 to 3 batches depending on the size of the fryer.  Let them cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.  Flip them over once to be sure they brown on both sides. 


 Remove to a paper towel lined plate.  I like to sprinkle lightly with Cajun seasoning at this point, but that is optional. Serve these immediately.  They are best when right out of the fryer!


These are so good dipped in Mississippi Comeback Sauce!!!



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