Radish and Basil Butter Canapes

These gorgeous radishes that my mom grew deserve some special treatment.  There is no more elegant combination than French Breakfast radishes, butter, and salt.  I’ve combined them here with a simple basil butter.  The combination of the crisp radishes and fragrant basil is delicious.  Imagine serving a platter of these at your next party- people will think you are so chic! Or you can be like me and eat yours while watching Wow Wow Wubzy.  Makes 8

  • 8 radishes, I used French Breakfast
  • 4 T. unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large basil leaves, sliced very thinly (chiffonade)
  • 8 French baguette slices
  • Fancy salt like Fluer de Sel or Sel Gris – the salt matters here, people.

To chiffonade the basil, stack the leaves up and roll them into a tight cigar shape.  Then slice thin strips off the roll.  In a small bowl, use a fork to combine the softened butter with the basil strips.

Slice the radishes vertically into very thin slices.  Spread each baguette slice with 1/2 T. of the basil butter.  Arrange the radish slices on top and sprinkle each one with sea salt.  Serve right away.  For a party, make the butter up to one hour ahead.  Let it sit covered on the counter so that it doesn’t harden.  Have your radishes sliced and refrigerated, then all you have to do is assemble right before the guests arrive.



About swellkid recipes

I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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3 Responses to Radish and Basil Butter Canapes

  1. Jim Cox says:


    This sounds wonderful on a hot day…will have to try it out tonight. 98F/60% Humidity here in Madison this afternoon. Shouldn’t have to much trouble getting the butter to soften up.
    Keep up the good work and say hi to Harley for us.


  2. Chris macca says:

    Well swell kid, I wished I’d thought of this. Looks nice

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