Mini Radish Tartine

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought I’d feature recipes this week that would work for the holiday, starting with these incredibly simple mini radish tartines.

Before designing a menu for afternoon tea, I’d never had a radish sandwich before.  I knew that radishes served with butter were a classic french treat, and also a common tea sandwich, but I had no idea that these simple ingredients could be so tasty until I tried that first sandwich.

Over the weekend I was browsing some Thanksgiving recipes on the blog Healthy Happy Life, and I came across this post for a radish and butter snack.  I loved the idea of serving these open-faced so that you can see the beautiful color of the radish (which is a bit hidden in the tea sandwiches), and I also loved her adorable pea shoot garnish.

I chose to use a baguette instead of crackers, but you could use whichever you like best.  This is so simple that you don’t really need a recipe – just spread some Earth Balance margarine on your baguette, arrange thinly sliced radishes on top, sprinkle with a touch of Maldon sea salt and a bit of pepper if you like, and top with a pea shoot.  (I’ll be honest, I think the pea shoots look great, but I ended up eating my pieces without them.)

These tartines are perfect little bites to serve before your Thanksgiving meal.  They’re nice and light (as long as you don’t slather on too much margarine, but I won’t tell anyone if you do), and they’re a nice change from the standard holiday appetizers.  To make things even easier on yourself you can slice the radishes the night before, and just assemble them when you’re ready to serve.  Voilà!

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3 Responses to “Mini Radish Tartine”

  1. What a pretty little bite.

  2. So simple and so incredibly nice and good! Cruel version is a must in parties, here in Paris, I’ve never thought to “veganize” it! Good idea, very very good idea! :-)