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Cucumbers in baskets

(Polish cucumber and sour cream salad)

Average: 4.3 (12 votes)

Mizeria is a cooling salad of cucumbers, dill and sour cream that is very popular in Poland. The name means "misery" in Polish, and legend has it that the dish was first served by poor, hence miserable, peasants.

3 to 4 servings


  • Cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds removed and thinly sliced -- 1-2
  • Salt -- 2 or 3 teaspoons
  • Sour cream -- 1/2 cup
  • Lemon, juice only -- 1/2
  • Fresh dill, chopped -- 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. Mix the cucumber and salt together in a large bowl and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the cucumbers in a colander to remove excess salt and squeeze dry.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cucumbers together with the rest of the ingredients. Adjust seasoning and serve well chilled.

Mizeria Variations

  • Substitute yogurt for some or all of the sour cream if you like.


I was very pleased with the way these turned out. I was worried that the baking powder would give them a biscuit-like texture, but it did not. They turned out slightly puffy and tender, just the way a Honduran tortilla should be. I stretched them out instead of rolling, but otherwise I followed the recipe. The resting time is key to allow the dough to relax. Thanks for posting this. I will definitely be making these again.