The Underestimated Radish

19 Sep

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The radish doesn’t need to only partner with romaine lettuce! I can hear the radish yelling, “Please get me out of this plastic bag of chopped lettuces, there’s more to me then this!” So, I’m trying to let this little red jewel have its well deserved limelight.

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I love them sauté, roasted and my favorite right now is grated into a dip.
Gather ingredients

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Trim and rinse the radishes well to remove any gritty sand and dirt

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Pick out the larger radishes to grate (save your knuckles) and use the smallest holes on your grater

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Make sure you place the grater on a plate to catch the radish juice

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Once you have about 1 to 11/2 cups of grated radishes put into a sieve and press out the remaining juice

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There should be almost 1 cup of liquid from your radishes. That also would depend on how fresh your radishes are. These radishes I’m using couldn’t be any fresher, considering they are from my mother-in-law! I thought maybe you could use the radish juice into homemade V8 juice! That would be yummy!

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In a dry bowl I soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds to make sure there are no lumps

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Finely chop the sweet onion

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Add all the remaining ingredients, mix well

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Adjust with salt and pepper. Remember, this dip is delicious right away, but as with many dips it is REALLY good by the next day or even by day two. Garnish with some chopped fresh chives

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Serve with Multigrain Pitas, fresh tomatoes or carrots. This would be super yummy used for a spread on a roast beef sandwich!

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Radish Dip

8-10 med radishes grated to 1-11/2 cups
1 block of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, either pressed of finely chopped
11/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon horseradish
1/2 celery salt
Salt & pepper to taste

Clean and trim radishes. Grate the radishes with the smaller holes on the grater. Place grater on a plate. Grate until you gather the desired amount (about 1-11/2 cups). With a sieve on top of a bowl press the grated radishes firmly to extract out as much liquid as possible. I use a rubber spatula for this process.

In a medium sized mixing bowl add the “dry” grated radishes and the remaining ingredients. Make sure you chopped the onion very fine. Remember this is Radish Dip not Onion Dip! 😉 Mix well until there are no clumps of radishes or cream cheese. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper. Put in a pretty bowl & garnish. Serve with crackers, pita and fresh cut veggies. Enjoy!

This can be made with low-fat cream cheese and it is just as delicious. Also, a lot of times dips like this call for softened butter in them. The butter adds more of a creamier consistency to the dip. I preferred not to add the extra fat. If you would like to try it that way, add 1/2 stick of softened butter to the cream cheese, mix well. Then add the remaining ingredients.

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4 Responses to “The Underestimated Radish”

  1. Kent 19/09/2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Just food pictures?! Where is the red headed monster?

  2. Becky 20/09/2012 at 10:00 am #

    “Please get me out of this plastic bag of chopped lettuces, there’s more to me then this!” says the radish….haha! Love you, Tahny! This looks yummy 🙂

  3. LorraineJean (@LorraineJean) 21/09/2012 at 1:08 am #

    I’m with Kent…I want to see more of the red headed monster 🙂
    Recipe looks yummy though! Beautiful!

  4. Forevermore 25/09/2012 at 2:54 am #

    You can even make me want to use radishes in a recipe, which I can say, I don’t even think I own a radish recipe – now, thanks to YOU, I do. Forevermore. ditto w/kent.

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