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Radishes are crunchy and spicy, and beautiful. They’re in the farmers markets right now, and they’re mild and good—the really spicy ones are the ones that sit out in the hot sun of summer. And you should eat them! They’re full of healthy B vitamins like riboflavin, as well as minerals like magnesium and calcium, and they just taste good. They’re full of fiber! They’re low calorie! And they’re cheap! And there are many wonderful ways to eat them, like these ways, my top five radish recipes!
Quick Pickled Radishes
You can quick pickle radishes and then slice them to serve on sandwiches, or set them out with cheese—I love quick pickles! What a great way to enjoy the height of radish season month after month.
Buttered Leeks and Radishes
This is so easy to do, and beautiful next to a roast chicken or a pork chop. Just slice leeks and cook them slowly in a pan with butter till they melt. Then add radishes and scallions or chives if you have them. I like to put in a little thyme too. So creamy and crunchy. Just beautiful.
It sounds a bit odd when you first hear of it, but radish salsa is a beautiful thing, crunchy and spicy and good. I love it next to something grilled with a bit of south of the border flavor—a chili and lime marinated flank steak? It’s beautiful in tacos, spicing up something mild like grilled kabocha squash.
Roasted radishes with Radish Greens
The big hot trend right now is: Cooking root vegetables with their greens. Think beets with beet greens, turnips with turnip greens, and radishes with their crunchy spicy radish tops. When you cook them, radish greens become irony and deep tasting, a little like a collard green. Think about how many servings of vegetables you’re getting! Virtuous.
Butter and Radishes
At some point back in my youth, I learned of the radish and cold butter combination. I think it might have been from Lucia Watson, the chef of Lucia’s. There’s not much of a secret to it. You take a radish, you put some butter on it, sprinkle on a little salt, Bob’s your uncle. A classic French combination. Not fancy enough? Then do this: Put butter on bread, and radishes on top of that. If you need a recipe, here’s a recipe. Radish and butter sandwiches are so pretty! And about as easy as putting butter on a radish.