Butter-Covered Radishes vs. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

April 13, 2012

As Emily Fleischaker points out in this article from Bon Appetit, we go to restaurants to eat food that we can't make at home. And, I'd like to add, because every once in a while you order something that totally reimagines what you thought food was supposed to be. The radishes with butter and salt at the NoMad Hotel are exactly that edge case.

Butter is gently tempered -- melted slowly to stay creamy instead of liquifying -- and liberally salted, then one by one the baby radishes are dipped whole into the butter and left to set. The result solves a dilemma that has faced Francophile radish-and-butter eaters since the dawn of time: how do you make sure you have a little bit of butter with every bite of radish? Problem solved.

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Butter-covered radishes...kind of like chocolate-covered strawberries, right? Just for fun, we put the choice between the two "something-covered somethings" up to our staff and got the following results. Just warning you, it gets a little contentious!

Amanda: Please don't ever put chocolate near my strawberries. No wire hangers!

Merrill: Anyone ever tried radishes dipped in chocolate?

Nozlee: I'm 100% in the butter-covered radish camp.

Kristy: Team Radish!

Peter: I come from a split household. My sweet tooth says strawberries and chocolate but we served radishes and butter at our wedding per my wife's request. Hmmm... has anyone thought of buttering their chocolate?

Jennifer: Second for Team Radish!

Stephanie: Even I'm in the radish camp on this one. And we all know how I feel about chocolate.

Kristen: Sorry, team radish, you New York Elites. Team strawberry FTW -- and we all know how I feel about butter.

Amanda Li: Radish is a vegetable. Therefore, I'm team Choco Strawberry.

Jenny: Isn't this a little like asking, "Would you prefer to lie on a beach and have no one talk to you, or go to a beautiful mountain and have no one talk to you?" Both are great, but totally different.

We're not really sure who the winner is here, but I think the Jenny-ism says it all.

You *Can* Judge a Radish by Its Cover from Bon Appetit

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I'm Nozlee Samadzadeh, a writer, editor, farmer, developer, and passionate home cook. Growing up Iranian in Oklahoma, working on a small-scale organic farm, and cooking on a budget all influence the way I cook -- herbed rice dishes, chicken fried steak, heirloom tomato salad, and simple poached eggs all make appearances on my bright blue kitchen table. I love to eat kimchi (homemade!) straight from the jar and I eat cake for breakfast.


walkie74 March 27, 2013
Soo this is the second time I've done the radish thing... I made the mistake of saving some for a friend, and by the time she got to then, they were past their prime. Not this time--these babies are gonna be my lunch tomorrow!
gingershelley April 15, 2012
By day, I am on team Radish! But, I must confess, by after dinner, I would be on team choco-berry :)
crumbsoflove April 15, 2012
My 5 yr old LOVES radish with butter. We grow them in the summer so she can get her daily fix!
Alice M. April 15, 2012
Even from this chocolate girl, the radis beat the strawbs. Have to add that the NoMad had me at the radishes, then mopped me up with the Milk and Honey Dessert. No chocolate involved in the entire seduction! Go figure.
carol_tanenbaum April 15, 2012
Most definitely Team Radish!
ChefJune April 15, 2012
another for Team Radish. Although in my youth I'd have been on Team Strawberry
mrslarkin April 14, 2012
Go team radish!