Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Radishes!

Some rain and really warm days caused my radishes to grow really quickly last week.  Some of them were as big as plums or small apricots.  So they wouldn't get woody or too spicy-hot, I had Kat pull all of them for me.  Here are some of the things I've been doing with them:

Radish Greens Pesto - No measurements here.  Just a couple of big handfuls of clean radish greens, some fresh Parmesan, some red pepper seasoning mix, some fresh garlic, some pistachios and of course, some olive oil.  Give it a whirl, then adjust seasonings to your own taste.  As long as you don't expect this to taste like basil pesto, I think you'll like it.  It has a nice fresh flavor.  Great as a light sauce for pasta, or spread on a slice of French or Italian bread.






Asian Sauteed Radish Greens - I love this one!  I've made it twice in a week.  The simple recipe is HERE.  Try to use the peanut oil if you can, because it adds a really nice flavor with these greens.  If you dare (I did!), leave the chunks of garlic in and eat those, too.  I was out of agave, so I used honey instead.  For an even stronger, darker flavor, try molasses.




Pickled Radish Slices - I used THIS recipe, making one change...I used the chive blossom vinegar I made last week instead of the red wine vinegar called for in the recipe.  We're on our third jar of these since Shane got home last Friday.  When a jar goes empty, he just slices some more radishes into the brine.  Be warned, though!  When you first open the jar after it's been closed for a while, the smell is a little unpleasant...LOL!  But aren't they pretty to look at?



I also made a radish au gratin dish (sorry...it was very tasty but not photogenic) and Shane has been eating the rest of the radishes on salads or straight out of hand.  They are one of his favorite veggie snack foods, and now...they are almost gone.

This post is being linked to this week's Hearth and Soul Hop 48 with Premeditated Leftovers.  Head over to find other great links for this week!

6 comments:

Paula Patton said...

Love these ideas for radishes! Thanks for sharing them!

Kat said...

I had no idea how much you could do with a radish! I love the radishes in the jar, very pretty, even if they do have an odor when opened.

Melynda said...

I am not a big radish fan, but after seeing these, I need to rethink that!

Melynda said...

Sharing this on my Wednesday post, thanks so much!

SonyaAnn said...

I live my garden dreams vicariously through you. Our chives haven't even bloomed yet, that is how cold it has been here. Everyone is in sweaters still and we are pushing June.
Keep posting the pictures, it makes me feel as if it is warm!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

That's great your radishes are ready so early. I love radishes but have really only eaten them raw or in salads before. I love your ideas for serving them, especially that wonderful pesto! Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.