When Pat and I got married, we decided to hand out family recipes as wedding favors. Old family pictures on the front and recipes on the back.I was on a mission to collect as many family recipes as possible. Food is a huge part of every celebration and I wanted to make sure we had them all.  I was neurotic enough to make sure that no one who was seated at the table received the same recipe as any other guest at the table.  Added bonus? They were conversation starters. If you knew my family and had come to any of our holiday parties, you wanted my Dad’s candy carrots recipe and you’d talk to everyone at the table to find the recipe card and trade for it. {Coincidentally, my dad is the chef in the family. My parents split family duties growing up. He was in charge of dinner. EVERY night.}
Papa John's Creamed Cucumbers - (cool) progeny
We are on vacation this week in the Outer Banks with the whole extended family — which is a real treat for MANY reasons, but one major reason is we get to enjoy my dad’s cooking for the week. One of my kids’ favorite family recipes is his creamed cucumbers, which is based on his father’s recipe for cucumbers in juice. Another coveted card at our wedding.

“The secret,” says my dad, “is in the sauce. You want to be sure it’s not too thin or not too creamy. It’s all in how the vinegar and sour cream interact.”

Grab the cucumbers from your CSA basket or latest farmer’s market trip. You won’t be disappointed.

Papa John's Creamed Cucumbers
Serves 6
A delicious way to use up all of those cucumbers in the garden!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 3 Cucumbers
  2. 1 16 oz. container of Sour Cream
  3. 1/2 to 3/4 C. Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. 1/4 C of Brown Sugar
  5. Dill
  6. Celery Salt
  7. Black Pepper
  1. Peel cucumbers and slice them. Set aside.
  2. Empty sour cream container. Add apple cider vinegar and stir. Sprinkle with brown sugar, dill and celery salt. Add a generous amount of black pepper. Stir.
  3. Mix on medium with a hand beater. Wait for tiny bubbles to form on top. If they don't, add more vinegar.
  4. Add cucumbers and mix. Serve immediately or chill.
  1. Secret is in the sauce! Watch the video for one of my favorite kitchen hacks -- getting the sour cream out of the container.
Adapted from from Walter Weisse's Cucumbers in Juice
Adapted from from Walter Weisse's Cucumbers in Juice
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