Radishes with Herb Butter or Ghee

This is one of those old, classic, little culinary tricks that make the French look so clever.

Serving Size: figure about 3 radishes per person as an appetizer

Radishes with Herb Butter or Ghee / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
This is one of those old, classic, little culinary tricks that make the French look so clever.  Serve up a bunch of radishes, with leaves on and all, rinsed and fresh from the market.  Next to the radishes place a small bowl or ramekin of softened butter, and another one filled with kosher or sea salt (or just mound up the salt in a little pile).  Swipe the radishes in the butter, give them a quick dip in the salt and crunch away.  Elegant, easy and impressively sophisticated.

Radishes with Herb Butter or Ghee / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
You can make this with regular softened butter, and if you use French butter you will be richly rewarded with a deep, rich flavor, or ghee, which is a type of clarified butter, and great for people with lactose issues.

I tossed in a bunch of herbs to make a compound butter of sorts, and you can switch up those herbs as you like, and also add a pop of citrus zest if you wish.  Serve up a generous pat on a sizzling steak and let the flavorful butter melt all over the meat.  A little decadent, a perfect example of gilding the lily, and we sure do like our lilies gilded from time to time.

Radishes with Herb Butter or Ghee

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  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened, or 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt, plus more for serving
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Two bunches fresh radishes

1. Place the softened butter or ghee in a small bowl. Add the parsley, basil, thyme, salt and pepper and mash with a fork until well blended. Transfer to a small bowl or ramekin. Fill another small bowl for ramekin with salt for serving. Place the bowls on a larger serving platter with the radishes and serve.

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