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#1 liuzhou

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:41 PM

My local supermarket had radishes yesterday. We hardly ever get them here, so on impulse I bought some. Normally I'd just eat them with S+P or use in a salad, but they are slightly past their their best. Not as crisp as I would have liked. 


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They have to be used quickly. Any suggestions? Thanks.

#2 Dakki

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:52 PM

Carve into flowers, use 'em to decorate a pate.

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#3 Shelby

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:58 PM

I like roasted radishes.  Oil, salt and pepper about 10 mins in oven at 425.  My oven takes a bit longer though.


edited to add that I halve them or quarter them if they are bigger radishes

Edited by Shelby, 28 November 2013 - 08:58 PM.

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#4 Ttogull

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:12 PM

Same idea as Shelby - I like to grill them. Too bad you don't have the greens. Grilling/roasting the greens for so few minutes and adding to the root makes a fantastic dish.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:35 PM

Pickle them.



#6 liuzhou

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 10:57 PM

I like roasted radishes.  Oil, salt and pepper about 10 mins in oven at 425.  My oven takes a bit longer though.


edited to add that I halve them or quarter them if they are bigger radishes


I'm going to try that! Thanks!

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#7 Maison Rustique

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 08:14 AM

I made braised radishes for T-Day. Most people hadn't had them before and really liked them. Put in pan with just a little water and some butter--whatever seasoning you like. Cover and cook for a bit, then take lid off and let water evaporate, so they are just glazed with the butter. I put them around the turkey platter and they are so pretty and just delicious.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:18 AM

Soak them on cold water (whole) for
A couple of hours, it will bring back some texture

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 04:29 PM

I am regularly vexed by the frequent presence of radishes in my weekly CSA box.  There are lovely French breakfast radishes, multicolored Easter radishes and slender white icicle radishes.  All are delightfully fresh, with lively, peppery greens and I enjoy a few in salads, with bread and butter, etc.  but more often than not, they sink to the bottom of the vegetable drawer until they are tossed and replaced by a fresher radish contingent.  

The other day, I modified my usual recipe for turnip soup from Deborah Madison's Greens Cookbook and made this pretty radish and leek soup garnished with a juilenne of radish leaves and slivered fresh radishes:

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I trimmed 3 bunches of radishes (reserving the greens from the freshest bunch for the garnish, along with 3 of the nicest looking radishes), soaked them in cool water, scrubbed them well with a brush to remove any dirt and halved the bigger ones.  I had about 1.25 lbs after trimming. I also trimmed, washed and thinly sliced 2 leeks.

I melted 3 tablespoons of butter in a pot with 1/2 cup water. Added the leeks, radishes, a few branches of fresh thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. I stewed them, covered, over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, and then added a can of evaporated milk and about 2 cups of low fat milk. That gets heated gently and cooked until the radishes are completely tender.

I puréed the soup my Blendtec and seasoned with freshly ground pepper.  At this point, the soup was tasty, but didn't look any different from other cream soups so I used a bit of cooked beet to add some color and garnished the bowls with finely chopped radish greens and fresh radish.  

If I had 3 very fresh bunches of radishes (rather than one fresh, one week old and one even older), I might have followed the original turnip soup recipe, cooked the greens and added them to the soup, but I would have missed the contrast the fresh greens bring here.  

No doubt the radishes that Liuzhou asked about in this thread are long gone and I'm sure this isn't the sort of dish one would choose for a few fresh radishes, but I thought I'd post this in a thread where others seeking radish recipes might find it.  I know I'm looking forward to making it again when the radishes pile up in the vegetable drawer, particularly in cooler weather.

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#10 MSRadell

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 01:54 PM

I hope that radish soup tasted as good as it looks, it looks wonderful!

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#11 blue_dolphin

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 06:52 PM

Thank you, MSRadell!  It was very tasty indeed. The strongest flavor came from the leeks, the cooked radishes added a sweet earthiness and the crisp fresh radish garnish was a nice contrast.  It certainly didn't scream, "RADISH!" although I might have gone a little too Pepto-Bismol :laugh: with the pink color from the beet juice and would probably dial that back a bit next time!

Edited by blue_dolphin, 20 January 2015 - 06:52 PM.

#12 Deryn

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 09:37 PM

The colour is beautiful - and so different. Valentine's Day is coming - would be a great starter. Also appropriate for Easter.

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#13 Thanks for the Crepes

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 11:52 PM

I like a recipe from Lydia B. for sauteed radishes with their greens. The green are actually more nutritious than the root part.




It calls for for only a few ingredients:


about 16 cleaned radishes with their greens

2 T. olive oil

4 garlic cloves smashed

1/4 c. chicken stock or water


black pepper


You heat the olive oil in a skillet, toss in and toast the garlic for about two minutes, add the radishes and chicken stock, and cover the pan. Cook about 4 minutes, then remove cover to evaporate liquid. Season to taste.


I never waste beet greens either. I like them better than chard, and I love chard.

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