Every time I start to write a post for this site, the same thought pops into my head. “It is always a challenge for me,” I think, “to use many of _______ (insert vegetable).” I guess thats what a CSA does to you. I’m always thinking of ways to use unusual foods without spending eons in the kitchen. But it’s turning me into the girl who cried wolf.
This time, the wolf is really here though! I have a hard time, and I mean it, coming up with uses for radishes. With a couple of weeks’ shares stashed in my refrigerator, I decided to try a recipe that sounded pretty strange: Roman Risotto with Radishes. The link for it isÂ here.
The strange thing about this one is that it combines risotto, a creamy, comforting dish, with a bracing topping of raw radishes tossed in oil, vinegar, and chives. I thought the crunch of the radishes would mess up everything good, smooth, and simple about risotto.
I’m happy to report, though, that I was wrong. The slight bitterness and tang of the radishes complimented the risotto instead of ruining it, and made a rich dish just a tiny bit healthier. I might start storing up my weekly radishes just for this.
I guess the success of this recipe was a good reminder about why CSA’s can be fun to do, even though they’re undeniably challenging. I never would have chosen this recipe if I weren’t desperate for something to do with radishes, but now I have a new fall favorite.