If you've been following my blog, you know that the recipes I make are uncomplicated to say the least. I don't believe in a recipe with a long list of ingredients, complicated techniques and a long prep time. I like simple food that highlights a few good ingredients and satisfies my taste buds.
Last week I picked up a bag of radishes on a whim. Sometimes I do that. Other times I buy red patent leather flat shoes on a whim...but that's another story.
Back to radishes. They are available year round, inexpensive, bright and pretty and have a wonderful crunch. Have you tried them? If not, why not? Are you stuck when deciding what to do with them? Well, then you are in luck. I'm going to share with your 3 easy ideas for "cooking" with radishes.
The first "recipe" is one of my favorites and comes from growing up in Moscow. My parents would make this salad often: it has only four main ingredients, is healthy, pretty and can be done in minutes: Radish & Cucumber Salad with Dill and Sour Cream.
All you had to do is slice radishes and cucumbers (the thinner the beter), chop dill and combine everything with sour cream. Season with salt and pepper and you are done!
Variations: You can add scallions to this salad, a bit of lemon juice or vinegar or use olive oil instead of sour cream. It's fresh, crunchy, healthy and reminds me of spring time!
If you don't want to make a salad, how about sauteeing radishes instead? This was the first time I've ever tried this technique and was pleasantly surprised. Cooked radishes taste something like a combination of potatoes and cauliflower. Or maybe I was just too sick from my cold and got confused ;)
All you have to do for these Radishes Browned in Butter is chop your radishes (I chopped mine into 6 pieces), then saute them in some salted butter on low heat for 10 minutes. At that point the radishes will become soft. That's when you want to turn the heat to medium high and brown the radishes for five minutes.
Here are the results: aren't they pretty?
Seriously, forget carrots, and try these browned radishes as your side dish for your next dinner. They are tender on the inside and crispy on the edges. Make sure to add just a bit of salt when you take them out of the pan to heighten the flavor.