Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sauteed Radishes Recipe with Vinegar and Herbs

This is a recipe which falls right smack into the category of what some of my nieces and nephews would regard as weird food, as in, "Bring whatever you want to the party, but don't bring any weird food." Such a legacy; the aunt who might possibly bring weird food unless you warn her not to.

Maybe a few months ago I wouldn't have thought of trying a recipe that called for radishes to be sauteed in olive oil and vinegar and then sprinkled with herbs, but that was before I tried roasted radishes and discovered for myself how delightful cooked radishes really are. Radishes are high in vitamin C, contain small amounts of many other vitamins and minerals, and are very low in calories. According to Wikipedia, radishes are grown all over the world, and they're a popular garden plant because they're ready to pick so quickly. In fact, many people consider radishes the easiest vegetable to grow in the garden. And since any herb, plant, veggie, or flower is eligible for Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Susan of Food Blogga, this week it's all about the radishes.

Apparently cooking radishes has been trendy in some circles for quite a while because I found this recipe in a cookbook called Great Food Without Fuss, published in 1992. The recipe was by Madeleine Kamman, who recommends parsley or chives for the herbs, but I immediately added cilantro to that list.

Sauteed Radishes with Vinegar and Herbs

(Makes two servings, recipe from Great Food Without Fuss, slightly adapted by Kalyn.)

1 bunch red radishes, ends cut off and cut lenghthwise into fourths
1 T olive oil (or less if you use a non-stick pan)
2 tsp. golden balsamic vinegar (or your favorite light-colored vinegar)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1-2 T chopped fresh parsley, chives, or cilantro

Heat olive oil in medium-sized pan over medium-high heat, then add radishes, vinegar, and a generous amount of salt and fresh ground pepper. Saute radishes, stirring often, until radishes begin to slightly brown or blister and are slightly softened, about 5-7 minutes. They should be tender but still slightly crisp when done.

Remove to serving plate and sprinkle with shopped herbs of your choice. Serve immediately.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Radishes are very low on the glycemic index, making this a great side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet. This would taste great with something like Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic, Rosemary, and Thyme or Grilled Fusion Chicken.

More Radishes and Herbs to Savor
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Cilantro-Lover's Leftover Chicken Salad
Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil
Grilled Swordfish with Tomatillo Salsa Verde and Watermelon Radishes from Beyond Salmon
Radish Crostini from Food and Paper
Watercress and Radish Souper Salad with Potatoes from Fresh Approach Cooking
Spring Salad from the Sidewalk from Tea and Cookies
Fattoush from Morsels and Musingscounter customizable free hit
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  1. Even classified as "weird" it still looks good! Great colorful photo!

  2. Unusual! And pretty too.

    You're definitely not the only one gets accused of taking weird stuff to parties :-)

  3. Looks great, Kalyn. I'm thinking about trying a version on the grill -- it's much easier when it's 110 outside.

  4. Thanks Maria, you know I'm just "weird" anyway.

    Sophia, thanks. Good to hear that I'm not the only one! Lots of the foods they love I would call "boring food."

    Kelly, I think grilling is a great idea. I might marinate the radishes in the olive oil and vinegar if you were going to grill them. I bet it would be delicious.

  5. This looks delicious! I have been trying to branch out and eat more "weird" vegetables lately. I keep seeing radishes but I wasn't quite sure how to prepare them. I'll be sure to pick some up at the Farmers Market. I think I saw some there last weekend.

  6. Funny, I have the same reputation in my family. I once ruined the Green Bean Casserole (note the caps - I'm referring to THE one) by putting thyme in it!
    What a pretty dish!
    I've got the recipe bookmarked for next year. My radishes are gone...sigh.
    Sounds delish!

  7. [cue Homer Simpson voice- with drool] ooooohhhhhhhh

    More Radishes!! WOO HOO!!!

  8. Well, scoot over and make room for one more weirdo! Sauteed radishes are just lovely in warm salads like yours. I know I'll be making this soon. In fact, I blogged not too long ago on a warm pea salad with sauteed radishes. I love the way the cooking process mellows their flavor. Thanks, Kalyn!

  9. You know, I've never even though about cooking a radish before. This looks delicious Kalyn.

    I'm well known as the bringer of 'weird food' too!

  10. Butters, try some "weird" cooked radishes and see what you think!

    Katie, make it next year!

    Blest, I knew you would like this one.

    Susan, peas and radishes together sounds great.

    Lucy, I was pleasantly surprised how great they were cooked. (Oh, another one who brings "weird" food, huh?)

  11. I am writing a little piece on root vegetables and I wanted to check again your recipe of roasted radishes, which inspired me to add radishes to my roasted root vegetable medley, so I go to my bookmarks and choose your blog and what do I see? Radishes! It took me a second to realize that it was a different recipe. I am totally sold on roasted radishes, which work nicely in my recipe, together with whatever other roots I find at the farmers' market, so now I have to try the sauteed ones. Tasty, nutritious and low-calorie, basically perfect.

  12. I have only recently discovered cooking radishes too! :) I will definitely add this to the list!

  13. This *weird* thing is looking delicious and I am sure tastes good also. Radishes are part of Indian food too, they make huge contribution to the flavor but used in different way in all parts of India.
    I didn't grill the radish yet, have to try your recipe this time. The photo looks appealing...

  14. I have never tried cooked radishes, either, but this dish looks wonderful! I'm back on the Beach..groan..and appreciate any motivation I can get!

  15. Wow! I would never have thought of that! Can't wait to try it. In fact, I have radishes in the fridge right now.
    Thanks Kalyn!


  16. Kalyn, I've never tried to cook radishes. We usually eat radishes with lemon and salt in Turkey. I'll try this next time. It looks delicious.

  17. I love raw radishes, ate them every day growing up. But, it has only been recently that I've discovered that cooking them is a great idea. I also learned that if you take thyroid medication (which I do), cooking is actually better for you. Raw radishes interfere with the medication--to my sorrow! Beautiful picture!

  18. Simona, talk about timing. We are tele-communicating with each other maybe?

    Joey, try it and I bet you'll like it.

    Padma, love to learn more about how radishes are used in India. Indian recipes for vegetables are often so creative.

    Andrea, try it!

    Minik Kuz, love the idea of lemon! When I was a kid we just dipped them in salt.

    Sher, didn't know that about the raw radishes. Good to know.

    Rapunzel, have some radishes instead of potatoes, perfect for South Beach.
    (And no groaning. Focus on the good things you *can* eat!)

  19. hi kalyn! i LOVE radishes, i get bunches of them to dip in all kinds of different things. i never thought to cook them but i bet they are delicious!

  20. Ha ha! Too funny, the "weird food" comment. I've gotten some of those at times, myself!

    Wonderful new idea for radishes; thanks.

  21. Don't discard the tops! Wash them well to remove the dirt and sautee them with the radishes just before they're done -- they're delicious. :)


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