I love entertaining. I love having a full house full of friends and family. I love cooking for them and trying new recipes out on them. I spend a lot of time planning the main course and dessert (obviously), but always forget to add appetizers to my menu. I realize that I have nothing for my guests to eat when they arrive and scramble through my cabinets and fridge looking for something to feed them. It has been my experience that having a drink in hand and something to munch on allows people to be more forgiving if my main dish is taking longer than expected.

Through the years, I have come up with a few tried and true (read: easy and zero effort) appetizers that take no time to put together and everyone loves. This Radishes with Herb Butter appetizer is so great. Even if you think that you do not like radishes, I guarantee that if you put them on a piece of baguette slathered with herb butter and sea salt, you will love them. They are crispy, crunchy, and have just enough bite.

Radishes with Herb Butter

By Bree


For herb butter:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons fresh dill, finely chopped
2 teaspoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
zest from one lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt

For assembly:

sea salt
dill (for garnish)


In a small bowl, mix butter, dill, parsley, lemon juice, zest and salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve. You can make this up to a week ahead of time. Or roll in plastic wrap and freeze.

When ready to serve, slice radishes into thin slices. Slice baguette into thin slices. Spread a generous amount of butter on the baguette, layer a few slices of radish over the butter, sprinkle with sea salt and garnish with a small piece of dill.

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