What the heck does a picture of the cherry blossoms have to do with butter glazed radishes? Your choices are:
- a) Pink
- b) Things that I “discovered” this year
- c) A distraction for not having a picture of butter glazed radishes
Ok, this one is actually a trick question because it’s all of the above.
It’s funny that I just talked about food prejudices and how I have been guilty of letting my dislike of one form of a food keep me from enjoying it in any form. I must add radishes to that list.
My previous knowledge of radishes was limited to them as hard rounds in my iceberg lettuce salad. Not even fresh and peppery, they were blah and bland; so I banished them. I read curiously about radishes and butter, wondering how people could find that enjoyable. I could not comprehend the attraction to radishes anymore than I could understand why sane, rational people would brave the crowds of tourists to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC.
And then I did.
I realized that people come from all over the world to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. Here I am with them a short metro ride away and I had never been bothered to see them. I missed the peak blooming period but was still awed by their gentle grandeur. I don’t think much can rival the beauty of cherry blossoms falling in the breeze like snowflakes. And since I got there early enough to avoid the crush of tourists, I enjoyed that beauty in quiet solitude.
I think my visit to the cherry blossoms was right around the same time I decided to give butter glazed radishes a try. Something about the way Molly described them made me curious…”…sweet, almost, and very delicate. It’s quiet.” I admit, I had been wrong about the cherry blossoms. Maybe I was wrong about the radishes too?
Not only did those butter glazed radishes taste absolutely delightful – tender and delicate, warm and buttery – the cooking transformed them from hard red to a soft, gentle pink. Clearly I hadn’t given radishes enough credit to be more than just something crunchy in salad.
So on both accounts, I stand corrected.
Molly’s Butter Glazed Radishes
Adapted from Molly Stevens (All About Braising) as seen on Orangette
- 1 pound radishes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/8 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
If your radishes are not already trimmed, trim the roots and greens. Soak the radishes for 10 minutes in a bowl of water to loosen any dirt then drain the water and scrub the radishes.
Place the radishes in a single layer in a 10 inch skillet. Add the butter, water, salt, and sugar and bring to a simmer. Cover the skillet and continue to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until a paring knife can easily pierce the radishes.
Remove the lid and carefully shake the skillet to roll the radishes all around the sauce. Continue simmering another 5 to 10 minutes or until the liquid cooks down to a glaze that coats the radishes, increasing the heat if necessary.