I love radishes with butter. 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. - mrslarkin —mrslarkin
Test Kitchen Notes
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.
heavy cream (for me, pastuerized works better than ultra-pastuerized)
fresh Meyer lemon juice, or regular lemon (will be slightly tangier)
large square of cheesecloth, 4 layers thick
for the radishes
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
In This Recipe
for the mascarpone (it's really easy!)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.