Photo by Beverly Wang
- 1 slice of bread of your choice
- 1 French breakfast radish, sliced thinly (a mandoline is great for this)
- butter, softened to spreadable consistency
- dijon mustard, optional
- sea salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
With the local farmer’s markets in full bloom lately, I’ve been trying to make the most of all the fresh produce available. Last weekend, I was browsing a stand when I came upon this lovely bunch of radishes. With their petite size and whimsical elongated shape (up until this point, I had only seen the round variety in my grocery store), I couldn’t help but pick up a bunch to try. These variety of radishes are known as French Breakfast Radishes, which are known for their delicately sweet flavor and crispness. After washing one and taking a bite; I knew that I had to use them in a way that would let their delicate flavor shine.
The French eat these radishes on tartines (a sort of open-faced sandwich); simply prepared with butter and a dash of salt. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love meals that are simple and allow the main ingredient to shine; this sandwich is a perfect example of that. Light, refreshing and easy to make; I’m sure I’ll be eating this sandwich frequently in the warm days to come. I’ve used my hippie-dippie sprouted raisin bread for my version, but I’m sure any hearty bread of your choice will be delicious too. I couldn’t help but put a thin slathering of dijon mustard, but I’m of the type to put mustard on every kind of sandwich I eat.
French Breakfast Radish Tartines (makes one tartine)
1. Spread butter (and mustard if you choose) on one side of the bread and top with sliced radishes.
2. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Enjoy! How are you taking advantage of all the season’s great produce?