If you have never thought to cook a radish before this post is for you. Think of all the classic flavor marriages you have come to know: bacon and eggs, peanut butter and jelly, hamburgers and french fries. Now let me add radishes and butter. I know that you are thinking, "oh sure, what doesn't go well with butter?" The next time you butter a warm, crusty, slice of baguette, sprinkle it with salt and add a few radish slices and you will see what I mean. After you have done that, think of that crisp, peppery texture softened in brown butter. Then try this recipe. Radishes forever transformed in your mind. I promise.
A dozen radishes scrubbed clean with their ends trimmed off
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 a teaspoon of sugar
3 sprigs of thyme
1 cup mixed chopped herbs such as chives, dill, parsley, thyme or tarragon (I used dill, chives and thyme)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized, cast iron skillet, melt the butter until it becomes a light golden brown. Add radishes whole with sugar and salt. Sautee` over medium heat turning occasionally so they get a good amount of color on all sides. Then transfer to the oven and roast until soft. Toss your herbs with radishes in the hot skillet. Transfer to a bowl once the herbs wilt to stop the cooking.