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How to Make Radish Toast

If radishes are growing in your garden — or you found some at the farmers market — here’s how to use them: Make radish toast. You won’t be disappointed.

Avocado toast has been a thing for years now. It’s both the butt of jokes and the craveworthy menu item that some restaurants do exceptionally well. And it’s something we’ve been making at home for years and years and years.

And while avocado toast gets all the attention, it’s certainly not the only toast around. Far from it.

When my kids and I spent several days in New York last year, we even discovered an entire eatery devoted to toast. It was delightful.

So don’t hold yourself back. Don’t ignore the many possibilities of toast. There are so many.

And that includes radish toast.

What is radish toast?

Like its cousin avocado toast, radish toast is just what it proclaims to be: Radishes on toast. But the intricacy of this dish comes in the variety of radishes you use and how you prepare that toast to hold them.

First, it must be French breakfast radishes. These red and white radishes are a favorite of Parisian markets, and that’s what inspired my love of radish toast. More than that though, French breakfast radishes are milder than some of their globular counterparts.

Once you have the right radishes, make sure you have the right bread too.

The good news? Any bread you love will do. French bread, Italian bread, sourdough, that heel of the rye bread waiting sadly in the breadbox. They all can be good and hospitable hosts for what’s to come.

Next, you have a choice: You can make a traditional radish toast or a fancier one with a good smear of brie cheese. Both are good choices. And both are excellent for breakfast, lunch or as an appetizer.

If you were having people over, a tray of this would be delightful to serve.

How to make radish toast

In the traditional radish toast, slices of French bread are spread with butter and then topped with slices of French breakfast radishes and a sprinkle of salt.

In the fancier version, Italian bread is topped with brie. It’s baked for a few moments to soften the cheese and then a knife is used to spread it all over. Top that with those radish slices and a sprinkle of salt and it’s ready.

Perfection, either way you go.

Which one will you try first?

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Radish Toast, Two Ways

Radish Toast, Two Ways

Yield: servings vary

Ingredients

Traditional Radish Toast

  • ½-thick slices French baguette (or other baguette shaped loaf)
  • good quality salted butter
  • French breakfast radishes, thinly sliced
  • sea salt

French Breakfast Radish and Brie Toast

  • ½-inch-thick slices of Italian bread
  • brie cheese, cut into thin slices
  • French breakfast radishes, thinly sliced
  • sea salt

Instructions

Traditional Radish Toast

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the slices of baguette on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, until hot and crisp.
  2. Spread butter on one side of each baguette slice. Top with thin slices of radishes and sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Enjoy.

French Breakfast Radish and Brie Toast

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the slices of break on a baking sheet and top each with brie cheese -- about 1 ounce per slice. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted enough to spread.
  2. Remove from the oven and use a knife to spread the bread all over the slice. Top with thin slices of radish and then a sprinkle of sea salt.
  3. Enjoy!
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Barbara Kiebel

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

I love something this simple; I planted a small amount of radishes a neighbor gave me in my garden; now I know what I can use them for!

Ansh

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

I absolutely adore radishes . But I never thought of doing a radish toast! what an absolutely clever Idea!! love love love

Karen @ karens kitchens stories

Friday 26th of June 2020

This is so cool! I love the idea of French radishes! So cosmopolitan!

Lauren

Friday 26th of June 2020

Radishes are so underrated! This looks amazing...I'm drooling over the brie version. Might need to make that this weekend.

Jane

Thursday 25th of June 2020

I just found French radishes at the market and can't wait to give this toast a try. I love the idea of adding the brie too!