Tartine de radis au feta et aux fines herbes~Open Face Radish and Herb Feta Sandwich

“What do I know about man’s destiny?  I could tell you more about radishes.” Samuel Beckett

There is nothing like the first harvest of garden radishes to herald summer.  Although I don’t grow them myself, my neighbor Marty, a gifted organic gardener does and he generously shares the bounty of his impressive garden. image Today, I came home with rosy, plump French radishes, pulled right out of the dirt!  imageRadishes are best eaten raw without fuss, to let their crisp, peppery flavor shine through.  In France they are enjoyed with a smear of butter and a sprinkling of fleur de sel, with or without bread.  They are often featured on an open faced tartine over some fromage blanc.

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To create this tartine, I sliced the radish super thin with a mandoline.  For the fromage blanc spread, I mixed 1/4 cup of room temperature-cumbled feta with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, also at room temperature and blended it by hand until it was smooth and spreadable.  To this I added a heaping tablespoon of fresh herbs from the garden, finely chopped.  I used parsley and thyme but any herbs will do.  I mixed in a half teaspoon of lemon zest.

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With the great weather we’ve been having I prepared this outside in the garden, hence the dappled light in the photos.  I smeared the cheese spread over a large slice of whole grain sourdough bread.   This was seasoned with fresh cracked pepper and a couple of pinches of fleur de sel. The sliced radishes were placed on top of the cheese.  So simple with the taste of summer in every bite. Makes an easy appetizer or a lunch sandwich.

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For non-dairy diets, I made a tartine with mashed avocado and lemon.  Equally good and it did not overpower the fresh radish taste.  I mashed half an avocado with a fork, added a squeeze of lemon juice and a tablespoon of chopped herbs. Spread on the bread then sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and fleur de sel before layering the thin slices of radish on top.

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Still Life Vegetables, Fish and Radishes, Léon Bonvin, French, 1864, Walters Art Museum

Still Life Vegetables, Fish and Radishes, Léon Bonvin, French, 1864, Walters Art Museum

Here is a reader's own tartine aux radis with a beautiful floral presentation!

Here is a reader’s own tartine aux radis with a beautiful floral presentation!

16 thoughts on “Tartine de radis au feta et aux fines herbes~Open Face Radish and Herb Feta Sandwich

  1. Just in time…just
    when I was wondering what to do with all the radishes from my garden! Thank you Johanne for always inspiring!

    • Wow, you are reading this in live time Lorelei! I was almost not going to post this as it seemed too simple. But it was so good and easy and it is radish time! Lucky you to be growing your own radishes! Isn’t this weather AMAZING? See you tomorrow night?🌻 Johanne Lamarche

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  2. Ahhh Johanne, there’s nothing like backyard light fare during these beautifully warm days! I would love a nice light supper like this, love radishes myself and you’ve presented it beautifully on that sourdough bread. The avacado would probably be my preference, but the dairy version is equally as delightful. Lucky you to have a neighbor who shares his bounty 🙂

    • So fun you caught this fresh off the press Loretta! That sourdough is Trader joe’s and it is magnificent! We love toasting it in the toaster oven with a smear of olive oil(slices are too big for toaster) and topping it with avocado and egg similar to your recent post. I ride my bike right by my neighbor almost daily and almost always fill my basket:). (PS. I suggested Goodstays to my garden club for a visit next year.)

      Johanne Lamarche

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      • Literally caught it fresh off the press Johanne. I get first dibs to this savory looking treat. 🙂 We still don’t have a date planned for Chanticleer, but our volunteer group has a garden cocktail party at the home of one of the board members. Spring is the best time @ Goodstay, speaking of which I’m off to volunteer, the weather is just glorious, have a wonderful day!

  3. You’ve created a masterpiece here Johanne! Sounds like heaven on a slice of bread, what a treat to have fresh radishes straight from the garden! I need some new neighbors 🙂
    Jenna

  4. lovely! Hope to get some radishes in my next farm share…. Enjoy these beautiful bountiful days. I am having my feet operated on this Friday (bunion plus cyst on ankle). Nothing major, but painful so have to do it. So I will most likely not make it to our annual luncheon. Hope to see you later this summer. Stay well, Jacqueline

    On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 7:47 AM, French Gardener Dishes wrote:

    > Johanne Lamarche posted: “”What do I know about man’s destiny? I could > tell you more about radishes.” Samuel Beckett There is nothing like the > first harvest of garden radishes to herald summer. Although I don’t grow > them myself, my neighbor Marty, a gifted organic gardener does ” >

    • Oh Jacqueline I feel for you! Foot surgery is no fun. I will not be at the luncheone either due to travel but hope to see you later in the summer. Good luck Friday. Tell Ernie to wait on you hand and foot, doctor’s orders! xo

      Johanne Lamarche

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  5. What a nice alternative to other sandwiches. And love the art at end. It’s the Frenchgardener signature.

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  6. I just posted another “radish recipe” using French Breakfast radishes and last year as well in a “radish tartine”. Great minds think alike! Your version looks delicious – love the addition of avocado. Beautiful pictures of a favorite spring veggie.

    • Hi Judi! We’ve both got radishes on our minds. I’m surprised Michigan is on the same time line as Philly. We are zone 6a. I did not know you are an Advanced Master Organic Gardener. I am impressed! Aren’t those French radishes just gorgeous? I did not know they were called breakfast radishes. I even used the greens to make vichyssoise and it was good as well. My frined who gave me the radishes is an organic gardener like you and makes all his own compost. I just could not discard those greens and came up with a way to use them. Enjoy your weekend!

      Johanne Lamarche

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      • My part of the state is zone 5. I’m embarrassed to say I did not use the greens but I did compost them! I was rather disappointed with the radishes – I bought new seeds and we shall see in the Fall when I plant them again. The French Breakfast radishes are great – I love their slender shape versus a round one. Hot, steamy and stormy tomorrow. Hope you have better weather.

      • Beautiful here this weekend. Would you believe I grew up in zone 1a? My mom manages to get tomatoes and radishes out of the short growing season!!!

        Johanne Lamarche

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