I love the romantic notion of tea time, but I have to say, I’ve yet to have a Sunday afternoon tea. Or any other afternoon. My group prefers to socialize late in the day, or to meet up for a brunch in Manhattan before we scatter to our separate shopping, errands, appointments.
So I’ll confess that these little radish sandwiches were actually served as hors d’oeuvres at the Easter egg dyeing party I had last year. To my utter surprise, people were crazy about them. To me, they were a little bite of something fresh and pretty and spring-like (sliced radishes are like that) and inexpensive to serve at what had turned into a dinner party for a dozen. The April 2008 Bon Appetit had a recipe for radish sandwiches, which was my inspiration, but with ginger and sesame it didn’t speak to me. So I simplified, and they flew off the plates.
- 1 bunch radishes
- 1 baguette
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 shallot
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or ground sea salt
Start by making an herbed butter: mince the shallot, and then combine 1.5 Tablespoons with the softened butter, herbs, salt and freshly ground pepper to your taste. Slice the baguette thin, 1/4″ slices. Spread thinly with the butter (you’ll have leftover). Finely slice your radishes (the slicing edge on a rotary cheese grater or even a box grater works like a charm!). Cover each slice of bread with overlapping radish slices. Sprinkle with some additional salt and pepper, garnish with any remaining shallot, or additional chopped herbs.
How I screwed up so you don’t have to: There’s not a whole lot to screw up here. You won’t use all the butter or all the radishes, but if you have an extra baguette on hand, and it’s easy to whip up additional sandwiches if they run out. I recommend not using salted butter in this case, because it’s a fresher taste without, but if you do, don’t add any salt. Lastly, you could absolutely make these into traditional tea sandwiches with white bread – cut off your crusts and cut into little triangles.
Results: These were surprisingly popular. I…didn’t know my friends were such radish fans. Maybe everybody is a radish fan if they are served with enough bread and butter.