Here's what happened to my first radish harvest of 2010! Cooking radishes and cucumbers has not always been at the top of every American's menu when preparing vegetables for dinner. Well, thanks to the Food Channel, they're not just for salads, anymore. Be adventurous and check out these radish recipes. They're easy and will definitely get you started on a new cooking journey.
And, if you saw the movie Julie-Julia, you'll remember when she prepares braised cucumbers for her guests, so here's Julia Child's standard cucumber recipe to enjoy and expand on to your heart's content.
I have my own recipe that varies a bit, depending on my main entree, so don't be afraid to experiment. Radishes can be quite sharp in taste and cucumber seeds and skin will become bitter with cooking, but there's a solution (no pun intended) -- a salt water bath!
Here's my recipe for Braised Radishes and Cucumbers.
Clean and slice radishes in quarters. (Leave the tail on, if you like) Clean, pare, de-seed, and slice cucumbers in quarters, then 2" sections. (cucumber seeds become very bitter when cooked. Ptui!)
Cover with water and 1 teaspoon of salt; set aside for at least one half hour, or longer. Drain and pat dry.
Thinly slice 3 spring onion bulbs and part of the stem up to the dark bitter green part.
Preheat solar oven to 225F.
In large mixing bowl, combine radishes, cucumbers, and onions with 1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1/2 teaspoon tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper, 1 Tablespoon sugar/stevia, 1 Tablespoon dry cream, and 1/4 cup water.
Lightly grease baking pan. Pour ingredients over bottom of pan, as shown in top picture. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring once halfway through cooking.
You can see how the radishes tend to lose their bright red color. Stir the mixture in such a way that you're recoating all surfaces but also turning them over in the pan. At the end of the cooking, you have a beautiful dish of braised radishes and cucumbers. I like to serve them on a wide lettuce cup or inside a rice ring. What do you like to do?