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What to do with radishes (for someone who hates radishes)?

I will eat anything, but the one thing on this earth that I find revolting are radishes. My neighbor grows all sorts of veggies and brought me a basket of watermelon radishes. Can I do anything with these to make them edible (to me)? How are pickled radishes? Any other ideas?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        +1 on the roasting. Absolutely mellows their flavor right now.

      2. I hate 'em too, so I give them to the neighbors.
        I have used them to top off a salad but I make the pieces big enough so I can pick them out.

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        1. re: todao

          David Chang has a wonderful quick recipe for pickled radishes. Highly recommended.


          1. re: cwdonald

            Making this today! Thanks for the post.

            It's officially radish season in my neck of the woods (or , um desert)

        2. I like them shredded in coleslaw or salad. This might lessen the impact of the radish flavor in any given bite.

          1. If you like tuna, this is one of my absolute all-time favorites: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo.... There are a lot of other flavors so the radish is not too strong. I sometimes use capers in place of the olives if I happen to have them around.

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            1. re: ErnieD

              This recipe looks great! I'm making this with some of my CSA radishes!

              I have load and loads of radishes to use. Making pickles with some, as well.

              1. cut in half and saute in a combo of butter and olive oil. you only need to cook them for maybe 10 minutes at low/medium heat. sprinkle with sea salt. they become sweet and delicious. totally different than when raw (tho i actually love them raw too.) then you can experiment with adding herbs.

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                1. re: mariacarmen

                  Yes roasted sauteed or braised radish is a beautiful thing. They turn a light pink when braised

                2. Have you ever tried spreading some soft butter on them & then sprinkling sea salt on? Great stuff.

                  Gosh, I thought everyone loved radishes!!!!

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                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      +1 on braising. I did this a few months back, man they were good!!!!!!!! I ate the whole pan. lol!

                    2. I saw a cooking show on fermented foods and they grated the radishes along with carrots and some other vegetables and it did look good. As well you can make a soup with the radishes.

                      1. I find they are a wonderful vehicle for really good butter. Thickly slice, add a dab butter and sprinkle of salt, eat. Yummy

                        1. WATERMELON radishes are at the bottom of my food pyramid. They are gorgeous and delicious.

                          They are really special so u should thank your friend.

                          Much different than regular old red radishes

                          I would not sautee or braise a work of art like a watermelon radish.

                          Pickle? Kimchi ? Send to me?

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                          1. re: C. Hamster

                            Agree, they are a beautiful work of veggie art.

                            I might have to dive into kimchi later on this spring.

                          2. When she gives you a bunch of stuff, pick out the radishes and say "I've been embarassed to tell that I really don't care for radishes so why don't you take them back and give them to someone who would appreciate them."

                            1. Small dice them and throw into salsas. Adds nice crunch and flavor.

                              1. Slice very thin (use a food processor if you have one) and sautee a few minutes in butter, add some shelled peas and a bit of water, put a lid on the skillet and steam until the peas are tender. S&P to taste.

                                Epicurious has a similar recipe that takes it up a notch by using sugar snap peas / pea pods and adding some orange juice and dill.

                                You can also make a nice salad with very thin sliced coins of radish and carrot, tossed with lime juice (from 4 limes), 2 cloves crushed garlic and 1 - 2 Tablespoons olive oil, some chopped fresh or 1/2 tsp. dried coriander/cilantro

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                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                  Be sure to brown the butter a bit before you saute'. Making this was my first experience with brown butter.