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Feb 14, 2011 11:19 AM

Ever use radishes in beef stew?

The snow here is 4 or 5 feet deep. Causes a craving for beef stew and bisquits. Our local store, we only have 2, got in some large, golf ball sized, radishes. Firm, not at all pithy. I decided to try them in the beef stew I'm making. I wondered whether anyone else had tried this and what the results were. I make my stew with all the normal ingredients except peas. Wife doesn't like peas, darn. I do, however, use instant potatoes rather than flour as a thickener. Gives the stew a slightly heartier taste.

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  1. Daikon radish in a Chinese styled beef stew is not unusual; to me it gives a clean light contrast to the heavier aspects of the dish.

    1. Yup, Koreans and Japanese also use daikon in beef type preparations. It's yummy!

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      1. re: joonjoon

        I love radish, it adds a nice "clean" flavor to korean soups. That's why it tastes so damn good in fish soup!

      2. I agree with both limster and joonjoon. I tried to "picture" what the taste might be beforehand. It tasted even better. What a nice surprise. Thank you.

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        1. re: learning2

          Glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, a stewed/boiled daikon is actually quite succulent - surprising isn't it? My favorite is in a Korean fish juicy and moist. Mmm... My father actually likes the daikon in this fish stew so much that he won't eat it if it's not made with daikon.

        2. Sounds delicious to me. I do not care for radish in it's raw form (unless it's daikon), but cooked they are totally wonderful and their character changes completely, to make a savory, beautifully-textured addition to any stew or soup. Something else you might not know is that they are absolutely divine when scrubbed and tailed, then tossed with a little olive oil, garlic salt and pepper, and roasted or sauteed. A little fennel seed is a delicious addenda to these veg.

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          1. re: mamachef

            OK, OK. back to the store hoping they still have radishes. Do you roast them open or wraped in foil?

            1. re: learning2

              I prick with a fork, roll in a little OO and some fennel, garlic, salt and pepper, and roast open. When you wrap a veg in foil for the oven, that's actually steaming it, not roasting it.
              Let me know how you like these.

              1. re: mamachef

                As soon as this storm blows over I'll make my way to the store for radishes. It'll be worth shoveling my way to the grill to try them.

          2. You can also peel them and throw them in with you potatos for mashing.

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            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

              mrbigshotno.1 I liked radishes in stew so much I can hardly wait to try them mashed with potatoes.