Radish, Mascarpone, Honey, Salt

By • November 30, 2010 • 36 Comments



Author Notes: I lurv radishes! I’ve done the radish/butter thing, which is a great combo. I even roasted them – good, too! Then I got to wondering what else to do with these crunchy, spicy roots. And I thought it might be nice to temper their heat a tiny bit with something besides butter. I adapted my Lemon Posset recipe to make a very close substitute for mascarpone. It’s milky smooth, and it tastes really good with radishes, and even better with a little honey and salt sprinkled on top. This is an elegant, easy low-carb canapé that impresses guests at any get together. - mrslarkinmrslarkin

Food52 Review: I jumped right on this recipe because I love radishes...plain, salted, with butter, sauteed with salmon. I had a hard time finding radishes that were not tired and just out of their season, but finally found a little bunch. (the lone bunch) So, I wondered if jicama would be a substitute....but then, it would be another recipe, not Mrs. Larkins , so I threw out that idea. The mascarpone, honey and salt were easy! A friend had just stopped by with some fresh honey from her hives and so I thinly sliced the radishes, spooned a little mascarpone and drizzled the honey and sprinkled some sea salt. Very easy and no mess to clean up. I think that I like her suggestion of putting all the components out on a beautiful platter and little bowls so that guests can dress their own radish slices.

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for the mascarpone (it's really easy!)

  • 2 cups heavy cream (for me, pastuerized works better than ultra-pastuerized)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon juice, or regular lemon (will be slightly tangier)
  • large square of cheesecloth, 4 layers thick
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat cream to boiling. Watch the heat - don’t let the cream boil over. You are shooting for a boiling temperature of 190 degrees. On my electric stovetop, the temperature of the boiling cream fluctuates around 180 to 200 degrees F. Continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring the bubbles down when necessary.
  2. Stir in the lemon juice and cook, stirring, for about 5 more minutes, or until the cream thickens and resembles a loose bechamel sauce. Remove saucepan from heat and let cool, about 15 minutes. The cream will thicken more.
  3. Fit a medium-sized mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Place a large cheesecloth square over sieve. Pour thickened cream over cheesecloth-lined sieve. Fold the ends of the cheesecloth over. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate in the sieve for at least 12 hours, or overnight. If the mascarpone hasn't firmed up to my liking, I sometimes lay a small dish over the top to weight it down, and refrigerate a little longer. Turn mascarpone out into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

for the radishes

  • 1 big bunch chubby radishes or baby turnips, sliced ¼” thick
  • acacia honey, or other mild honey
  • chunky sea salt
  • homemade mascarpone, or good-quality store bought
  1. Plate the radish slices. With a small spoon or two, place a dollop of mascarpone on each radish slice. Drizzle with honey. Shower a little coarse salt over top.
  2. Alternatively, set all the components out on beautiful platters/bowls and let your guests dress their own radish slices with the mascarpone, honey and salt.
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Tags: Appetizers, canapé, Cocktail Party, Easy, fancy, Mascarpone, serves a crowd

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Really delicious, creamy and spicy and slightly sweet. Great use of a radish.

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about 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, sdebrango.

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over 2 years ago McKelly

Hi,do you use light or heavy cream?

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Hi McKelly. I use heavy cream, and pasteurized works better than ultra-pasteurized.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

YUM!!

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

sounds so satisfying, crunchy radish, the creamy mascarpone & that dash of honey.. need to try this ASAP!

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks Panfusine. Let me know if you do!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Beautiful, and serious yum!

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you, boulangere!

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about 3 years ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

What a simple, interesting a perfect sounding recipe!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, BMF!

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over 3 years ago marynn

Seriously simple chic! I was slicing radishes and cabbage for the red posole, had some creme fraiche on hand, lovely honey and hotsy-totsy fleur de sel, and just dazzled the husband with a "toss-off" treat.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Ohhh, impressive!! Nicely done, marynn!

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over 3 years ago Rivka

I'm really excited about this recipe! I've made creme fraiche using Rose Levy Berenbaum's recipe, in which you mix 1 cup cream and 1 T buttermilk in a jar and set on the counter for 24 hours, and this formula for mascarpone looks just as promising. I can't wait to try it.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yum, i love home made creme fraiche, too, Rivka! Some things are really so simple and so tasty! Let me know how this works for you.

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over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I've never done the radish-butter-salt thing............this looks wonderful and I love making homemade marscapone - too many good things to cook from food52. Not fair!!!!!!1

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Oh, the radish-butter-salt thing is delicious, Kitchen Butterfly! This is yummy, too. Do try!

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over 3 years ago monkeymom

This is so cool mrsL! I can't wait to try both the mascarpone and the whole combo. looks wonderful.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, monkeymom! Hope you like it.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

So that's how mascarpone is made! You make it sound easy. I am going to try this over the holiday. Thanks.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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It's REALLY easy!! And tastes so much better than store bought. Let me know how it turns out for you!!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Oh my, mrslarkin! What a fantastic combination. With my Meyer tree back in production and a steady supply of radishes in my CSA box, I think these are in my near future...

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Great! Hope you enjoy them!

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over 3 years ago cbear1984

Totally saved. Love love love radishes!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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yay!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Yum. Sconequeen, you are my hero.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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*blush* - thanks, drbabs, right back at ya!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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These look divine. And thanks for the directions for homemade mascarpone. You are amazing!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you and you're welcome, hardlikearmour!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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This sounds awesome - I think you have spawned a whole new crowd of mascarpone makers! I will be trying for sure. Acacia honey is one of my favorite things on the planet as well.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yay! Thanks aargersi. Let me know how it turns out for you if you try it.

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over 3 years ago luvcookbooks

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This looks amazing!! Elizabeth David has a lemon snow recipe that is similar to the mascarpone in Spices, Salt, and Aromatics in the English Kitchen. Luv her books.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, luvcookbooks! Thanks for the cookbook tip! Will def check it out.

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over 3 years ago lapadia

Yum, mrslarkin! Saw Meyer lemons at the market; can't wait to make my own mascarpone and your radish recipe!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, lapadia!! I definitely like this better with Meyers - so smooth.