Radishes & butter.

Terraces and cigarettes.  Rosé and the summertime.  Radishes and butter.  Radishes and butter?  Yes! As a Ranch-dipping American, this came as a bit of a surprise to me .  (How does one butter a radish?  Have the French found an excuse to dip things into butter now?  I admit to sneaking single-serving Country Crock packets under restaurant tables as a kid, but this is absurd!) In France, butter is the assigned spouse to radishes, with a sprinkle of extramarital sea salt just to keep things interesting.  Although everyone does it differently, according to mon mari qui fume, the butter to my radish, the radishes are cut into four parts which create the surface area for the butter.  The beauty of the pairing instantly makes itself clear; the smooth butter flatters the crisp, occasionally spicy radish.  Give it a try!  Anyone know where to get some Country Crock around here?

  1. I served Ranch dressing and radishes to some French friends and they were blown away by how good the radishes were. I didn’t believe them when they told me butter and salt were the usual accompagnements. There are still some things America does right — namely slather vegetables in delicious fatty sauces!

    • thefrancofly said:

      I couldn’t have said it better! I do know a few people who cannot eat pizza without a side of Ranch.

      I don’t know about you, but haven’t witnessed too much chipping and dipping at aperatifs. But I do know that the French go wild for a spinach & artichoke dip though…

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