Growing up, my mom always had a Tupperware container with cleaned radishes sitting in the fridge. My father would breeze by, pop a few in his mouth like candy, and then move along to wherever he happened to be going. Unusual, perhaps, but The Pit is also a radish fan, and occasionally takes a little baggy-full with him to work as a snack. Apparently his co-workers mock him, but I bet they wouldn't if they got a taste of this preparation. I modified the original recipe slightly, and oh man, did this turn out delicious. I made a main course too, but The Pit and I basically shared a buttered and be-radished baguette for dinner last night.
What you’ll need:
- 1-2 bunches of radishes (or about 8 oz cleaned up in the little bags), sliced
- ¼ lb unsalted butter, softened
- 1-2 stalks of green onion, diced
- 2-3 teaspoons parsley, diced
- 2-3 teaspoons dill, diced
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice (a few squeezes from half a lemon)
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 French baguette (or Trader Joe's Par-Baked Ficelle)
1) Take the butter out of the fridge and leave it on a sunny windowsill to soften up.
2) Slice the radishes and dice the green onion, parsley, and dill. I went a little overboard with the parsley and green onion, and ended up using only about ½ of the amount shown below. On the other hand, I didn't have enough fresh dill, and supplemented with several shakes of the dried stuff.
3) Bake a par-baked Trader Joe’s baguette and slice. If you haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend – you get two ficelles in a bag for $1.59, and they can sit in the fridge for weeks if need be. Then, when you have a craving for fresh hot bread, just pop one in the oven for 12-14 minutes. So good. If you use a regular baguette from the grocery store, I would slice and then toast the pieces slightly.
4) Mix together the butter, herbs, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. The original recipe recommended a hand mixer, but I had no problems with just a spoon.
5) Spread the herbed butter mixture over the baguette slices, and top with radish slices. Sprinkle with a little more kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
6) Stuff your face.