This week I had a bunch of radishes leftover from pickling radishes and needed something to do with them. I remembered reading a recipe for radish and butter sandwiches, so I decided to try making one of my own. I spread butter on wheat bread, added thinly sliced radishes, thyme, sesame seeds and a sprinkling of salt and it was delicious. The creaminess of the butter, the spiciness and crunch of the radishes, all of it comes together for something really really tasty.
I started wondering the origins of the radish sandwich and happened upon “Relishing the Radish” on NPR’s website. Producer Kara Newman says its roots are french.
“Of course, leave it to the French to perfect the art of the simple pleasure. For years, they have eaten whole radishes dipped in butter, as a homey snack meant for countryside picnics. Often, the radish is scored with an X at the bottom (the better for adhering slippery butter), then dipped into one of the luxurious, extra-high-butterfat unsalted butters, and finished with a sprinkling of rough fleur de sel. I’ve heard tales of thrifty Eastern European cultures with a fetish for radish-and-butter combos too, yet as usual, the French make it seem more like luxury than necessity.”
A countryside picnic with radish sandwiches sounds just about perfect right now.
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