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Radish Toasts with Lemon Basil Butter

June 24, 2011
Author Notes

Radish sandwiches are a favorite of mine. That combination of butter, salt and radish is just divine. Sometimes I have to stop myself from eating them everyday. They can be enjoyed with an herb butter on thinly sliced bread which looks pretty, or by tearing off a hunk of baguette, swiping it in soft butter, sticking a couple radish slices on top and sprinkling with salt. Your choice...both are delicious! - BlueKaleRoad


Test Kitchen Notes

There is little better than radishes, newly pulled from the garden, dipped in butter and dusted with sea salt. BlueKaleRoad uses the combination of radish, butter and herbs to its best advantage. Butter softens the spicy flavor without diminishing it. The lemon basil adds a light citrus finish. I used a loaf of levain, KerryGold butter and white icicle radishes from my garden. I had to “borrow” lemon basil from my neighbor’s hedge as I couldn’t find any at the local farmer’s market. This recipe is a lovely lunch. On small toasts, BlueKaleRoad’s recipe would make a beautiful starter. - Hilarybee —Hilarybee

  • Serves 1 (easily doubles)
  • 2 thin slices of your favorite bread
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 10 lemon basil leaves
  • a few grinds of grains of paradise or black pepper
  • 2 large radishes, thinly sliced
  • sea salt to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Lighly toast the slices of bread and let cool.
  2. Roughly chop the lemon basil leaves. With a mortar and pestle, pound the butter, leaves and grains of paradise together until well mixed.
  3. Smear each slice of toast with 1/2 tablespoon of herbed butter. Arrange radish slices on top and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!
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