Easter Radish Cups with Goat Butter + Chives, and Smoked Sea Salt

{Primal, Low Carb, Ketogenic, Vegetarian, Vegan + AIP Option}

Locally sourced: Easter radishes, blossomed chives, and applewood smoked sea salt.

Locally sourced: Easter radishes, blossoming chives, and applewood smoked sea salt.

I love Farmer’s Markets. The variety and vibrancy of the local produce I encounter never fails to inspire me in the kitchen. So it’s no surprise that I created this lovely little bites on a whim after my weekly Farmer’s Market shop. How could I resist playing with these playfully colored Easter radishes? Wonderhubs and I enjoyed these as part of our afternoon snack together, but they would make a darling start to any meal as appetizers.

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Although not strictly Paleo, I include high quality diary fats in my diet because my body appreciates the fat-soluable vitamins they provide me with. Goat butter has a particular tanginess that pairs well with the fresh chives, and peppery radishes, but grass-fed cow butter would also work for this recipe.

Grass-fed butters are an excellent source of Vitamin A, D, and K2. According to PaleoLeap.comK2 works to activate certain proteins that vitamin A and D produce. These activated proteins then have the ability to bind calcium and phosphorus for its proper deposition in bones and teeth. Vitamin K2 also prevents calcium from being deposited in places like the arteries where it can cause heart disease.”  So eating high-nutrient butter can help prevent heart attacks!

Ultimately the most nourishing foods for you will be the ones that agree with you. Not everyone tolerates dairy well, so if you feel best on a dairy-free diet, don’t worry, I’ve included a coconut “butter” option that’s every bit as tasty. If you’ve been missing the rich creamy texture of real butter or the slight tang of soft cheese, wait till you try my faux goat butter!

These ones are AIP Paleo, vegan, and sure to make you say

These ones are AIP Paleo, vegan, and sure to make you say “I can’t believe it’s not goat butter!”

Herbs are true super foods and I love incorporating them. They tend to retain the nutritional density of their wild ancestors, and have long been honored as offering medicinal benefits. Chives are a member of the allium family and contain many of the same anti-microbial phytonutrients as their cousin garlic. 

Store bunched chives in a glass of water on the counter during Spring and they’ll often bloom. The beautiful pale purple flowers have a slightly milder flavor than the stems and make wonderful garnishes.

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Ingredients for 4 Servings:

  • 2 bunches of Easter radishes (or red radishes)
  • 1/4 cup goat butter, allowed to soften at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt

For a dairy-free, AIP compliant option substitute the goat butter with:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons coconut cream (the solid fat at the top of a can of coconut milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoons white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

Soften the coconut oil if it is in solid form, but refrain from melting it.  Mix the oil, cream, and vinegar together until the mixture has a smooth, whipped consistency. Chill for a couple minutes in the fridge if needed in order to obtain a butter-like texture.

Method:

  1. Remove the greens from the radishes and save for other preparations. (See my post on “Storing Greens” under the Kitchen Basics menu for the best way to keep these.)
  2. Gently scrub the radishes and trim their tops and bottoms. Make sure to trim enough from the bottoms so that they can stand flat.
  3. Using as small spoon, such as a measuring spoon, scoop out a bit of the inside of each radish to create “cups.”
  4. Using a mortar pestle, or a small mixing bowl and a spoon, combine the goat butter (or its substitution) chopped chives, and smoked salt until thoroughly blended.
  5. Spoon a small amount of the butter mixture into each radish.
  6. If you have them, top each radish cup with a few chive blossoms. Alternatively use a sprinkle of chopped chives.
  7. Give thanks, congratulate yourself for making something fancy, and enjoy!

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Meal Inspiration:

Setting positive intentions is a big part of my holistic lifestyle, and I love to infuse anything and everything with ’em. A fun little practice is to set an different healing intention with each radish. For example: “May I have vibrant health, may I be happy, may I live out my dreams.” Spring is all about growth and renewal. How would you like to manifest the essence of Spring in your life and healing? Visualize it, and take a bite!

“Celebrate the journey. It’s not all about the destination. Savor all of your successes, even the small ones.” ~ Dawn Gluskin

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