Radish and Butter Bites

These delicious radish and butter bites are a perfect summer appetizer or a delicious light summertime lunch or dinner. Salty butter, spicy radishes, crusty French bread and flaky sea salt – what’s not to love? 

Radish and Butter Bites by Nutmeg Nanny

I have talked before about how my parents had a garden. The majority of what grew in the garden I would happily eat all summer long. In fact, most of our meals came from our garden and from the meat that my father would butcher through the winter. He was an avid hunter and almost every single winter he would get at least one deer. I would of course help my dad clean the deer and together we would turn it into delicious hamburger, sausage and jerky. Apologies to any vegetarians reading this post. It might make you happy to know nothing went to waste and we used everything.

There was no such thing as trophy hunting in my family. If you shot it, you ate it.

Simple rules = simple life.

Radish and Butter Bites by Nutmeg Nanny

I realize that first paragraph sorta made me sound like I grew up on Walton’s Mountain {Oh jeez…I literally just made mention of The Walton’s on my blog. My dad will be happy} but really I just grew up in Ohio. I lived in a nice town that had plenty of stop lights and zero country bumpkins walking around.

Ok, lets bring this back to radishes. My dad always planted plenty of radishes since he enjoyed eating them raw. He would sit there and munch on them like they were tiny little apples. Crunching away until his giant bowl was finished.

Me? Hated them. In fact, I thought they were the worst vegetable of all time.

Radish and Butter Bites by Nutmeg Nanny

Obviously I was a super dramatic kid. Would you assume otherwise?

One day my dad went out to the garden and picked a whole bunch of radishes. He brought them into the house and gave me the lovely job of cleaning them up and cutting off the tops and preparing them for the fridge. So I got to cleaning and cutting and finally I was left with a sink full of radish tops.

Here is the thing about radish tops. They are tough, fibrous and don’t really do so well in the garbage disposal. Had I listened to my father when he said “don’t put them down the disposal, take them out the compost pile” I would have known what was about to happen when I tried to shove all of them down the overworked disposal. Soon the sink started to fill with gross half chewed up radish tops and I couldn’t get it to drain. I was petrified of actually sticking my hand down into the disposal {for fear it would randomly turn on and all my fingers would be lost} so instead I stood there panicking and crying.

My dad finally came back into the kitchen only to find me standing in front of a green sludge filled sink with a look of terror in my eyes. I would love to say he laughed and fixed the problem but really he was pissed {rightly so I should add} and fixed my mistake. He then let me know that I should have just listened to him and none of this would have happened.

Well, yeah. Obviously. But seriously what kind of kid would I have been if I listened?

Radish and Butter Bites by Nutmeg Nanny

So fast forward to a few weeks ago and I was hanging out in Maine with Gina, Rebecca and Carrie. We somehow got onto the subject of radishes and I mentioned my not fond memories or love for radishes. Rebecca let me know that I had to try them with salted butter on bread with a sprinkling of sea salt.

As soon as I got back home and I decide that I was going to give them a try. I busted out my most favorite butter, got to slathering, and started slicing my radishes. After I arranged my radishes overtop the buttered bread, I sprinkled them with sea salt and a little pinch of chopped parsley.

Here is the thing. Rebecca is right. Radishes with butter, bread and salt totally rock my world. It was the perfect balance of flavors and a great excuse to eat numerous slices of buttered bread. Also, if you come to my house for a dinner party I will be serving this as an appetizer. Soooooo I hope you love radishes. But if you don’t, don’t worry. This dish will change your mind.


Radish and Butter Bites

These delicious radish and butter bites are a perfect summer appetizer or a delicious light summertime lunch or dinner.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 French baguette
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Chopped parsley, optional


Clean radishes by removing the leafy top and cutting of a little at the top and bottom of the radish.

Slice them thin and set aside. If you have a mandolin feel free to bust that baby out. Just please be careful because those things always freak me out. I'm always afraid someone will lose a finger.

Cut your baguette into 1 inch slices and slather one side with salted butter. This is a time to be generous with the butter.

Lay a few radishes overtop the buttered bread (3-4 slices per slice) and sprinkle each slice with a little sea salt.

If desired jazz it up by sprinkling with parsley as well.

Serve immediately.

Note: When you sprinkle the salt onto the radish it will naturally start to draw the water out of the radish. So I would suggest either sprinkling them and serving immediately or putting together the appetizer and leaving the salt on the table. Then people may sprinkle as they pick up a slice.

28 Responses to “Radish and Butter Bites”

  1. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — July 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I am SO not saying “I told you so” because I’m so happy to convert another radish hater! 😀 Okay, I might be whispering “I told you so” but I’m still thrilled! 😀 ♥

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    TidyMom — July 14, 2014 at 7:30 am

    My dad always snacked on raw radishes too! he liked to dip them in sugar and that I could tolerate, but you know…….I have not eaten them since I was young. This sounds fabulous, not to mention how gorgeous they look!!

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    DessertForTwo — July 14, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Aww sounds like a charmed life (except for the whole clogged disposal part!) hehe! I love radishes! I just planted my second round of them in the garden.

  4. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — July 14, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful little bites! And a great way to enjoy fresh radishes!

  5. #
    Melanie | Melanie Makes — July 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Why hello there insanely gorgeous photos!

  6. #
    Elizabeth - Cooking with Milton — July 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I’ve been getting a lot of radishes in my CSA, and have just been putting them in salads. But anything that includes a piece of buttered bread is obviously going to be better.

  7. #
    Cate O'Malley — July 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I fell in love with radish and butter sandwiches years ago when a neighbor force-fed them to me – thanks for the delicious reminder!

  8. #
    Crystal Barrett — July 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful pictures! These look so great!

  9. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — July 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I’ve never been a huge fan of radishes, this may be the recipe I need to change my mind!

  10. #
    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — July 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I was definitely one of those kids too, thinking I could get away with taking the easier way out! Got me in lots of trouble! But I too am a recent fan of radishes and this looks so good!

  11. #
    Ginny McMeans — July 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    How simple and beautiful. I think the bread and radish combination will be great!

  12. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — July 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I never would have thought to prepare radishes this way. I love it!

  13. #
    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — July 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it! I’m not a fan of radishes but my hubby is and planted a bunch in the garden, so thank you!

  14. #
    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — July 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I remember eating radishes as a child and hating them. I’ll have to give this a try!

  15. #
    Thalia @ butter and brioche — July 15, 2014 at 2:44 am

    i’ve never been much of a radish fan.. but im a massive bread and butter fan! interesting flavour combination – definitely one i will need to try next time i find myself making some toast.

  16. #
    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — July 15, 2014 at 9:28 am

    My dad had a HUGE garden growing up (still does) and radishes were always a part of it. I love how they bite you back! I forget about them sometimes. This looks wonderful!

  17. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — July 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Simple things are the best! Your Radish Butter Bites look fantastic 🙂

    Kudos for being able to clean out a deer. I didn’t grew up like that so I’m having a hard time with it! My husband’s family hunts (no trophy hunting here either, thank goodness) so while I’m grateful for the meat (best organic meat ever), if it was up to me, we’d be eating berries and lettuce 😉

  18. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — July 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Your garbage disposal story was a hoot!
    Glad you’ve had a radish epiphany. Everything’s better with butter! LOL

  19. #
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — July 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

    This is such a chic nibble! I’ve heard about radishes and butter – need to give it a whirl.

  20. #
    Christine at Cook the Story — July 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    These are so beautiful!

  21. #
    Rachel Cooks — July 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    These look amazing and so classy! AND THE PHOTOS!!!!! Gorgeous.

  22. #
    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — July 17, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful photos…as always. I love to eat radishes this way…I pretend I’m french and add a glass of wine. 🙂

  23. #
    Janis — July 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Have you ever roasted a radish? They are delish!

  24. #
    Joanne — July 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I’m not really into radishes that much either, but I think butter and chunky bits of salt could make me like anything.


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