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 (note: there are more than a few of these little clever culinary tricks). 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.  And as you can see, big visual appeal.

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You can make this with regular softened butter, but if you use European-Style butter, which has more butterfat, you will be richly rewarded with a deep, rich flavor.   

Radishes with Herb Butter or Ghee / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Swipe the radishes in the butter, give them a quick dip in the salt and crunch away. Elegant, easy and impressively sophisticated. 

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.  There are lots of uses for this kind of flavored butter.  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.

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Radishes with Herb Butter

This is one of those old, classic, little culinary tricks that make the French look so clever. Swipe the radishes in the butter, give them a quick dip in the salt and crunch away. Elegant, easy and impressively sophisticated. 
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) European style unsalted butter softened
  • 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
  • 2 bunches fresh radishes

Directions

  • Place the softened butter in a small bowl. Add the parsley, basil, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper and mash with a fork until well blended. Transfer to a small bowl or ramekin. Fill another small bowl or ramekin with additional salt for serving. Place the bowls on a larger serving platter with the radishes and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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