Glover Gardens Radishes with Pesto-Butter and Coarse Sea Salt

Radishes have a nice, bitter bite and are a perfect quick appetizer when paired with butter and salt.  Supposedly it’s a French thing, but I first had this simple pleasure when visiting friends who hail from East Texas.  The Williams-Sonoma recipe looks like what my friends served and has only three ingredients:  whipped butter, radishes and sea salt.

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Click for the classic recipe from Williams-Sonoma

I like simple, and I like sea salt, but I think the butter is better on a radish when it is kicked up a bit.  With garlicky pesto.  It’s more like an Italian thing.

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Glover Gardens Radishes with Pesto-Butter and Course Sea Salt

Ingredients (serves 4-6 as an appetizer)

  • 12 radishes
  • 1 tbsp. pesto
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 2 tsp. coarse sea salt

Instructions

Wash and trim radishes of roots, leaving the stems on.  Mix pesto and butter.  Put sea salt in a small dish.  Arrange radishes, pesto-butter and salt on a platter and serve.


This super-simple, super-fresh, super-garlicky, super-good appetizer is just right when you’ve got a big, heavy piece of meat roasting on the grill.  But it’s also really good as part of an autumn dinner in advance of a hearty soup accompanied by crusty bread.

 

Copyright 2016, Glover Gardens Cookbook

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