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A Caribbean Delight: Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)

If you love the combination of bacon and cucumbers, try this French Caribbean recipe. Craving a unique and flavorful snack? Look no further than Massicis au Lard, a delightful treat from the French Caribbean islands. This dish, while simple, offers an explosion of textures and tastes that will leave you wanting more.

What is Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)?

Massicis au Lard translates to “cucumber with bacon” and is a popular finger food found in Martinique, Guadeloupe, and other French Caribbean territories. The main ingredients are massici (a type of cucumber), lardons (cubed smoked pork belly), and spices. The massici or concombre (English name: cucumber) are sauteed with spices until tender, then pan-fried with the savory lardons. The result is a crispy on the outside, tender on the inside massici infused with the smoky goodness of the bacon.

Concombre steps in: A Delicious Substitute

Finding the massici outside the Caribbean can be a challenge. But fear not, because Concombre au Lard, which translates to “cucumber with bacon,” offers a fantastic alternative. Cucumbers are readily available and make a perfectly acceptable substitute. You can use regular cucumbers, Kirby, English or mini cucumbers.

Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)
A Caribbean Delight: Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)

Other Favorable Substitution

While regular cucumbers work well, for an even closer flavor and texture to the massici, consider using Kirby cucumbers, mini cucumbers, or cocktail cucumbers. These smaller cucumber varieties have thicker skin and firmer flesh compared to regular cucumbers, offering a more satisfying bite that resembles massici. Additionally, their small size eliminates the need to remove seeds, making prep even faster. Choose whichever variety is most readily available to you!

Adding Your Own Twist

The beauty of Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard) lies in its adaptability. While the core recipe features massici or cucumber and bacon, feel free to experiment with these variations:

  • Spice it Up: Add a kick with chopped chili flakes, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, or a drizzle of your favorite hot sauce. Use a dried seasoning blend or fresh seasoning.
  • Herb Heaven: Fresh thyme or parsley brings a touch of the Caribbean. Garlic and chives also work wonders.
  • Cheese Dreams: For a touch of decadence, sprinkle grated Gruyère or Parmesan cheese on top before serving.
  • Veggie Bonanza: Feel free to incorporate chopped bell peppers, onions, or green beans for added color, flavor, and texture.
Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)
A Caribbean Delight: Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)

The Perfect Anytime Treat

Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard) is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways:

  • Appetizer Perfection: Serve them warm with a dipping sauce like aioli or a tangy chutney for a delightful starter.
  • Afternoon Delight: These bite-sized treats are perfect for satisfying afternoon cravings or packing in a picnic basket.
  • Side Dish Magic: Pair them with grilled chicken, fish, or a refreshing salad for a well-rounded meal.
Massicis au Lard
Massicis au Lard or concombre au bacon or Cucumber with bacon

Serving up a Caribbean Delight

Massicis au Lard is a versatile dish enjoyed throughout the day in the French Caribbean, be it for breakfast, lunch, or a satisfying snack. To elevate the flavor, opt for thick-cut smoked bacon – its smoky richness pairs beautifully with the cucumber. For a vegetarian option, turkey bacon works well, though its texture is slightly different. You might need a touch of extra oil when using turkey bacon to achieve the desired crispness.

No matter your choice of protein, the perfect accompaniment to Massicis au Lard is a warm and crusty bread. A classic French baguette or your favorite homemade bread will soak up the delicious flavors. For a more Caribbean touch, serve it alongside fried plantains or another roasted root vegetable of your choice. Dig in and savor the taste of the islands!

Bringing the Caribbean to Your Kitchen

No matter if you use this type of cucumber, Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard) is a delicious way to explore the flavors of the French Caribbean. The recipe is simple and requires minimal ingredients. So, fire up your stove, unleash your creativity, and bring a taste of the islands to your dinner table!

Ready to try Massicis au Lard? Check out the recipe below and discover the unique taste of this delightful French Caribbean dish!

Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)

Massicis au Lard

Massicis au Lard, a typical Caribbean dish that can be made with cucumbers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 2
Calories 529 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 – 6 thick slices Smoked Bacon or turkey bacon, cut into 1 -2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves finely chopped
  • 1 large White Onion sliced
  • 8 Baby Cucumbers or 8 massicis or 2 large cucumbers, or Kirby Cucumbers sliced about 1 inch thick
  • 1/2 Hot Pepper seeded, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme leaves only
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Additional oil instead of butter if preferred

Instructions
 

  • Cut and slice the bacon and the cucumbers
  • In a frying pan under medium heat, add bacon and let fry until fat is release and bacon is crispy. Remove extra fat/oil from pan, set aside bacon. In same frying pan under low to medium heat, add butter, garlic and onion. Let fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add cucumbers or massicis pieces. Add thyme and hot pepper. If necessary, add addition oil or fat from cooked bacon. Let mixture cook while stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve hot with bread preferably or plantain or any other root vegetable.
    Massicis au Lard (Concombre au Lard)

Notes

To make the massicis au lard with the real massici vegetables or large cucumbers, it is necessary to blanche the vegetables first. To poach, peel the massicis or cucumbers, and cut in large to medium slices. Boil water in large saucepan and add pieces veggies for about 5 minutes and remove.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 529kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 17gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 505mgPotassium: 1926mgFiber: 10gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 1340IUVitamin C: 65mgCalcium: 207mgIron: 4mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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