Thursday, February 18, 2010

Riverwalk "Pickles"

Tooz, David and I went downtown to the Riverwalk and Farmer's Market one Saturday afternoon (Jamie was with his BB). We got hungry, so we looked for stuff to eat. David got chili. I didn't see anything that tempted me, and Tooz got a San Antonio snack specialty. Some people call it "Riverwalk 'Pickles'". Some call it cucumbers. Whatever it was, it was delicious! Basically, it's sliced peeled cucumbers, pickle juice, lime juice, salt, and a special type of Chili seasoning called "Tajin". Sounds disgusting, but tastes delicious! It's an easy to make, cheap, low calorie snack.

1 large cucumber
Splash of dill pickle juice
Splash of lime juice
Splash of vinegar (if desired)
Salt to taste
Tajin to taste

Tajin is a type of flavor enhancer containing salt, chili powder, garlic and other super-secret spices. It contains no msg. It is low in sodium. It has very few calories, if any.

Basically, you just peel and slice the large cucumber and put it in a bowl big enough to hold all the slices. Pour over the top dill pickle juice, lime juice and vinegar to taste. Add a dash of salt to taste. Then, start shaking on the Tajin. Put as much or as little as you want. It isn't really that spicy, but it has enough kick that you know it's there! It's a very interesting sensation to have the cool of the cucumber, but the heat of the chili powder on the back of your tongue. It's really really tasty!

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