Every time my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box is about to arrive I look through my refrigerator (especially in the very back) for what is left from weeks before, what do I need to compost, use up and/or give away.
Last week I realized I had two huge bags of radishes sitting in my refrigerator…and for good reason, I don’t like them.
Usually, I coordinate with my Dad and give the radishes to him, he loves radishes probably more than anyone I know. The timing wasn’t right in terms of seeing my parents and passing off my radish discards recently.
I thought about giving them to a neighbor or composting them? Neither option sounded good to me. When faced with this problem I turn to my computer. I am usually surprised and so happy with what I find, as was the case for my radishes.
So, I followed the very simple instructions. Cut each radish into 6 pieces (use 6-8 radishes)…
Melt 1 to 2 Tablespoons of butter in large skillet. Then add cut radishes and cook for 10 minutes at low heat…
After 10 minutes they will look like this, pretty…
Turn up the heat to medium-high for 5 minutes to brown the radishes and serve…
I paired these tender,mild and enjoyable radishes with pan seared Tilapia, seasoned with 21 season salute (Trader Joes all-purpose seasoning) and fresh squeezed lemon juice, tortillas with melted mozzarella cheese and white jasmine rice, Quinoa, corn and pinto beans.
My whole family ate this meal up. My boys tried the radishes and were not impressed but I wasn’t expecting them to love them, especially on the first taste. It usually takes at least 4-10 tastes before my kids will eat the new vegetable regularly with little fuss.
My husband was more than surprised that he liked the radishes and he even tapped the leftovers for lunch the next day. This is worth noting because when I told him I was making radishes (along with everything else) for dinner, he gave me this look like there was no way he would like them.
So, we have a keeper. Another vegetable that I thought I would never eat and already thought I knew my opinion about but, now I like radishes. I love my CSA box!
What vegetable did you think you would never eat again but either prepared yourself or ate again and now enjoy? Please feel free to pass along some favorite recipes for radishes or other interesting vegetables. I am always looking for new ideas.
Looking for more recipe inspiration? Check out this CSA link-up…http://inherchucks.com/2012/06/06/whats-in-the-box-29/