Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this recipe as I had never heard of it before meeting Bill. This is another recipe that belonged to his mother, Alice. I do not remember how she arrived at it. I’m guessing she had a plethora of cucumbers and tomatoes in the garden one summer and this is the result.
Make the tomato mixture in a large pan and let simmer for at least 10 minutes. Prepare the ground beef however you like it. I add chopped onions, garlic powder, a little basil and oregano and finish with salt and pepper. Gently stuff the cucumbers with the meat and place in the tomato mixture. Take whatever meat is left over after stuffing the cucumbers and make meatballs. Drop them into the pan along with the cucumbers and tomato mixture.
They can be cut in half if they are large cucumbers.