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Is there a name for this appetizer?

AuntieJen Nov 24, 2012 03:59 PM

Many years ago in the 60s, my grandmother helped my mom prepare these appetizers for an open house. I've always suspected that my grandmother learned this recipe while she was in Canada before she came to the U.S. She was born in England (late 1800s) and sailed (alone) to Canada at age 14. In Canada, her given name of Mary became Marie, which suggests some French influence after she arrived. She was somewhat of a mystery but these are the bits about her life that I've been able to piece together. That may have nothing at all to do with the recipe, but here's how it was made and I'm wondering if there's a name for it.

Sandwich bread slices, crusts removed
Radishes, thinly sliced
Black pepper

Cut each crust-less piece of bread into 4 triangles. Spread each piece generously with butter, top with thin slices of radish, and sprinkle with black pepper. Arrange on a platter or plate and serve.

It sounds strange but they were delicious. I was about 12 at the time and I can still taste them to this day!

  1. C. Hamster Nov 24, 2012 04:08 PM

    Not sure what the name is but radish and butter are very common traditional "finger sandwiches"

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      Jeri L Nov 24, 2012 04:09 PM

      I think they're just called radish sandwiches. They're a tea dainty, like cucumber or watercress sandwiches.

      1. AnnieWilliams Nov 24, 2012 04:10 PM

        It just sounds like a basic tea sandwich to me.



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          AuntieJen Nov 24, 2012 04:14 PM

          OK - so I guess there's nothing French about them. :-) Hers were served open-face with only 2-3 very thin slices of radish on top.

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          1. re: AuntieJen
            chefj Nov 24, 2012 04:29 PM

            The French usually just make an X in the radish, add a sliver of butter, and dip in salt and eat, as opposed to the sandwich.

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              perk Nov 25, 2012 03:39 PM

              which is soooooo good!

          2. blue room Nov 24, 2012 04:42 PM

            I mix the butter 50/50 with Rocquefort cheese. With thin radish slices on thin white bread it is delicious, and a *little* French.

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            1. re: blue room
              C. Hamster Nov 24, 2012 04:52 PM

              I made a radish and Roquefort sandwich for my mother when I was 3. She cried. We still eat them.

              1. re: C. Hamster
                calmossimo Nov 24, 2012 10:04 PM

                Ha. I love this!

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                  lynnlato Nov 25, 2012 04:07 PM

                  +2 This warms my heart. :)

              2. re: blue room
                pagesinthesun Nov 25, 2012 03:33 PM

                Yummy! I always have lots of radishes from my CSA. I'm going to try these out. I only wish my family liked blue cheese!

              3. prima Nov 25, 2012 04:08 PM

                Open-faced radish and butter sandwiches are also common in Germany and France. Usually salted, instead of peppered, in my experience.

                1. mamachef Nov 25, 2012 04:20 PM

                  Radish canapes.

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