Radish and Butter Sandwiches

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Last summer, I wrote a post that included this sandwich, paired with a cold soup and kale chips. This weekend, we were at a wedding discussing the virtues of butter, and I decided that this simple sandwich deserves more press all on its own.

Yes, the deliciousness of this classic summer treat is mostly about butter. But John and I were discussing what makes this SOOO good, and we concluded that it’s about the contrasts. The butter is creamy and a little sweet, the radish is crunchy and bitter, and the salt makes everything mesh together. If you still have radishes lingering in the crisper, please go make these sandwiches tonight.

Here’s the process:

1. Take a piece of good whole wheat bread.

2. Butter the top. Now, add some more butter. Do not skimp. The butter should be thick enough that you can see teeth marks in it.

3. Place 2-3 layers of thinly sliced radishes on one half of the bread.

4. Sprinkle kosher salt on top of the radishes.

5. Fold it in half and eat it.

6. Repeat.

I scoffed at the idea of this being a thing when I first heard about it, but once I tried it, I wondered where these sandwiches had been all my life. Enjoy!

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