Radishes And Butter
French people put butter on everything, even on raw vegetables. This may sound like a strange combo but for some weird reasons it works...
Radishes and butter are often served to the table as a starter, it is something to kick off the meal and refresh your palate. The concept is extremely simple and does not require any cooking. Fresh small red radishes are zesty, crisp and very fresh in mouth but they can also be quite spicy and I suppose the creaminess of the butter helps to balance everything. Let me take you through this "recipe" if you can call it so.
Serving: 2 persons
Preparation time: 5 minutes
10 fresh small red radishes (it wont taste as good with soft ones that have been in the fridge for many days)
Butter (real one!)
Fine sea salt
Black pepper (optional)
Parsley or chive (optional)
Step 1 - Wash and cut your radishes
Wash your radishes under cold water
Drain them in a kitchen towel
Cut off a the the green leaves, I would advise you to leave a bit of the green stems
Split them in half vertically like displayed in the photo
Step 2 - Prepare the seasoning (optional)
Mix room temperature butter together with chopped parsley or chive. Or replace the fresh herbs with spices such as chili flakes, smoked paprika powder, anything you want really.
Step 3 - Plating
Place your radishes on a plate
Put a good knob of butter in the same plate
Make a little "mountain" of fine sea salt and black pepper on the side
Step 4 - How to eat radishes and butter
Take a radish and spread a little bit of butter on its tip
Dip the buttered part of the radish in the sea salt (not too much!)
Enjoy, bon appétit!