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The Food Matters Project: Walnut Butter and Radish Crostini

Sometimes a recipe surprises me in the best way. Why have I never made walnut butter before? And why haven't I realized the exceptional pairing of walnuts and radishes? Now it will be a matter of making up for lost time.

Today's recipe is inspired by Mark Bittman's "updated tea sandwiches." Bittman made a paste with walnuts and slathered it on bread slices. So simple. So sublime.

To make the walnut butter, add 1 cup of walnuts to a food processor along with a couple of teaspoons walnut oil and a pinch of salt. Pulse to combine. If it's too dry, gradually add more oil until it begins to blend. The butter doesn't have to be perfectly smooth. I actually enjoyed a bit of texture when it was spread on the toasted crostini. (If you do a search for walnut butter online, you'll find that many use cinnamon, which would be magical on toast in the morning, but as a dinner appetizer, I omitted it.)

I sauteed about 5 large, chopped radishes in a bit of oil and placed them on top with a sprinkle of parsley.

Visit Dinner with Aura for the original recipe.

Reader Comments (9)

Walnut butter! I eat almond butter, sunflower butter . . . you're right! Why not walnut butter? Must try it. Also I had lightly cooked radishes the other day, tossed in with a prawn and sugar snap pea dish. Fabulous. Why didn't I think of cooking radishes before? Enjoyed your post.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

Had to make this for lunch after seeing your post. So yummy!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAura Caplett

Walnuts are one of my favorite nuts to snack on, so I'm sure I would adore the butter. Never would have thought about it!

I can't wait to try this!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexi

Yummy walnut butter- I definitely have to try this!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I have never paired walnut and radishes before, but you make it sound and look worth a try.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLena

This was my inspiration for my tea sandwich but it endedup being totally different. Love the walnut butter idea... I can only imagine how delicious this is.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargarita

Walnut butter! Yum!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCookie and Kate

Yummo!! Beautiful and simple - delicious, thanks!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

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