Recipe: Potato Chunks and Cucumber Wheels

To wrap up the eat-vegetables-more month, here are two fast snacks I like to fall back on.

Salted Cucumbers

I will not sport with your intelligence by providing the ingredient list.  Peel the cucumbers, slice them into wheels (or logs if you’re feeling daring, but wheels are so lovely on a plate), and lightly salt them.  The taste is oddly refreshing.  Try different kinds of salt (The GF prefers Lawry’s Salt to just salt) and add slices of cheeses to mix it up.  Thinly sliced sharp cheddar, or chunks of something nutty like Parrano do very well.

It’s hard to not feel elegant whilst eating cucumber.

Baked Potato Chunks


Baking Potatoes (the big brown suckers)

Vegetable/Olive oil



Other Spices to taste- I tried out Paul Prudhomme’s Cajun Something Or Another.  It was ok.

Wash the potatoes and poke fork holes in them.  Nuke them for 3-4 minutes (turn over at half-time) to precook them a little- not to edible consistency yet, though.  Cut the potato up into big rectangular chunks (or dinosaurs of Circles, whatever you like, just make them thick as a thumb, at least).  Stick chunks in a bowl or bag with oil oil and spices, jiggle them about until they’re evenly coated.  Put them on a baking sheet in an oven at about 300, and leave them alone until they brown.  This browning may take longer than you think, depending on pre-cooking time.  Cool, and eat.

Good for a light meal or fast side dish.

3 Responses to “Recipe: Potato Chunks and Cucumber Wheels”

  1. 1 Gentleman Friend July 3, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I’d go with long and thin on the potatoes for easier cooking. Coat with oil in the bag or whatnot, THEN spice them. Otherwise you’ll have all the spice coating the bag and none on the taters.

  2. 2 virescent July 3, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Good point. The bowl method is probably easiest, rather than the bag- less to dispose, and you can put all the oil and spice in at the same time.

    And the long thin ones we cut kinda dried out before the fat ones were browned, so if you go that way at lest make sure they’re all similar. I prefer the big chunky kind, personally.

  3. 3 gina July 6, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    these potato snacks sound really tasty! I’m going to try them.

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