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Do you remember when you were a kid and people would always tell you that you’ll understand and appreciate your parents much more when you’re older? Well people (including my own parents) always told me that and I really hated hearing it. It was during a time in my life when my adolescent self thought I knew everything there was to know in the world and my mom was my mortal enemy. I was convinced it was her sole purpose in life to ruin mine. I mean how dare she “force” me to do after school activities and “force” me to go to Korean language class every SATURDAY morning….didn’t she know I had a very important (13 year old’s) social life?! Ugh, if I didn’t like doing something why wouldn’t she just let me quit after a day? Really mom, no sleepovers unless it’s a special occasion? WHO ARE YOU?!

It’s a funny thing, this growing up business. I graduated high school thinking I can’t WAIT to get away from here (and HER); then I got to college, my mom helped me settle into my dorm, flew home, and I was forced to be somewhat independent. Suddenly all I wanted to do was see my mom, talk to her, get her advice. Once I had settled into college life it’s like all of that “understanding and appreciation” talk came true. I started thanking my lucky stars that I had a mom who always encouraged me to try new things…ice skating? Sure! basketball? Yes, honey! Clay sculpting class? Of course! As long as my sister and I were being productive, she was all for it. How cool. Even today, I kick myself and hate that I didn’t pay better attention during Korean school and that my Korean speaking and understanding abilities are sadly nowhere near where they should be.

Today, I don’t think I can get through the week without daily phone chats with mom about how her grand-pup is doing, the ups and downs of my freelancing work schedule, the latest family gossip, and of course a discussion about her current golf swing status. Never did I think in a million years that my mom would be someone I respect most in the world and one of my best friends (not in the creepy, she’s trying to act too young for her age type of way either). :) She’s such a big part of my overall support system and I love her everyday for it.

My mom’s a bit of a health nut and she loves vegetables and simples flavors, so today I have a dish dedicated to my mama. Simple roasted radishes. Easy, fresh, clean flavors. If you’ve never roasted or cooked with radishes, imagine something similar to a turnip. It’s pretty mild and once roasted the slight bitter taste goes away and produces a subtle sweetness. I hope everyone has a great Mother’s Day this weekend celebrating all the amazing mama’s out there! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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Roasted Radishes
Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients:
2 bunches radishes, cleaned, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and toss together. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Spread radishes onto a baking sheet and roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until radishes have crisped and browned around the edges and have become almost fork tender.
4. Lightly adjust seasonings and finish with lemon zest, if desired. Serve.

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  1. Sue/the view from great island Not Specified Not Specified

    This is a lovely tribute to your mom, and that shot of the radishes on the baking sheet is killer!

  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    I love this, and it’s so so true!

  3. Jules @ food and other stuff Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum, I love roasting radishes too – they are the best. I cook mine at 450 though (http://www.myfoodandotherstuff.com/2012/10/roasted-radish-salad.html). Also you can add radish greens back into the salad as well.

  4. tara Not Specified Not Specified

    Ha this is too funny because my mom LOVED to eat radishes raw and I always thought she was crazy! Actually, I still think raw radishes are gross :) But I agree with you on the looking back and being like WHY did you let me quit piano lessons?!?! WHY?!????

  5. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    Roasted radishes, hooray! Isn’t it weird how no one thinks to cook them? But they’re so, so good when nice and caramelized around the edges. :)

  6. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads Not Specified Not Specified

    Great recipe! I’ve only eaten radishes raw, so I will have to try this sometime! Thanks for posting!

  7. Beth Not Specified Not Specified

    These are beautiful!!

  8. lori kirby Not Specified Not Specified

    Great post about your Mom! How fortunate you realize the gift you have in her. The photos here are gorgeous and the sharpness of them is amazing! Great blog. Will have to try this simple technique you gave us for the radish.

  9. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious Not Specified Not Specified

    Very cool story and I don’t think I’ve ever seen roasted radish, awesome!

  10. Gastro Atmosphere Not Specified Not Specified

    This is story about why we love our mam’s :) GREAT! And the radishes… I never try to do like this! Save & Must make!

  11. Tahny Not Specified Not Specified

    I absolutely love roasted radishes! Thanks for showing other people there are other ways to prepare them! Yum! I make this radish dip that is to die for, check it out! http://tahnycooks.com/?p=110

  12. BE Not Specified Not Specified

    So sweet- my tribute to my mom would be her potato leek soup! I love your writing and recipes.
    BE

  13. Libby Not Specified Not Specified

    I have a problem with roasting. I feel like I can’t get it quite right. No matter what I do, the edges are burned, the insides are mushy and (my main complaint), I can never get that lovely golden brown color. Not with potatoes, radishes, onion hunks, nothing. Does it sound to you like there’s something obvious that I’m doing wrong here?

    • Deb Brown Not Specified Not Specified

      It may be your oven temperature is off. Get an oven thermometer and check it. I had this same problem and found out my oven runs 50 degrees too high ;)

  14. Rosemary Not Specified Not Specified

    Libby, maybe your oven is too hot, and you are not basting or turning them enough? Just a guess.

    These radishes look gorgeous. I’ve never eaten a cooked radish, ever. I have to try now. Do you eat the green stalk too?

  15. Irina @ wandercrush Not Specified Not Specified

    Beautiful radishes. The ones I used for a recent fattoush salad were a slightly more oblong with a pronounced pink-white gradient. I love the variations!

    So much truth in this post! My Mom was always incredibly compromising when it came to my hobbies and choices, but one thing she never budged on was classical piano lessons—I kicked and screamed back then, but now I don’t regret a single second of it now!

  16. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the story about your mom and your radishes look so delicious! I’ve never thought of roasting radishes before, but I really want to give it a go now!

  17. Karen Not Specified Not Specified

    As always, you have delivered an inspiring and heartfelt post which is so appropriate for Mother’s Day! Every year I grow radishes in my garden, but have never thought to roast them. I can’t wait to try this!

  18. Megan Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m going to walk right into my kitchen & make these right now. I’m serious! The photos are beautiful, too. I was going to roast some butternut squash, so I will add some radishes to the mix. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life Not Specified Not Specified

    yummy and pretty… perfect for the last few weeks of spring!

  20. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve wanted to roast radishes FUREEEVER and now you’ve given me new purpose in life!

  21. Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks so much for this idea! I have tons of radishes in my garden and I just couldn’t think of what to do with all of them at harvest time. Love it!

  22. Jarome Not Specified Not Specified

    I never thought that radish can be roasted. Thanks for sharing. XOXO

  23. Kate Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this to go with steak this evening, it was sensational, and added so much colour! I never thought of roasting radishes, wonderful, thank you!

  24. Anna Not Specified Not Specified

    That is SUCH a sweet tribute to your omma! I too have experienced the same tendency to loathe and then realize that it’s really love. My (Korean) mother lives very very very far away from me, but we connect over skype regularly and she is SO SO excited about me trying my green fingers at small scale gardening since that is her passion. It beautiful to be able to share that with one’s mom. Thanks!

  25. Patrona Dossett Not Specified Not Specified

    I really enjoyed the baked radishes that Britney served at her home. I couldn’t believe they tasted so different.

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  31. Millie Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow! I saw these this morning and decided to make them as a side for dinner and oh boy, they’re so delicious!
    They’re so simple but roasting them gives them a lovely flavour!
    If you have time, could you check out my blog please? Thank you! :)

  32. Zitronenfalter Not Specified Not Specified

    I LOVE this Post!
    It reminds me so much on my own Teen-time :D
    And I have to try the radisches next Week!

    Lilith

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  34. trudibee Not Specified Not Specified

    This is a sensational recipe! Made it for a dinner party last night and it stole the show. It was perfect alongside grilled meat, green beans and risotto. No one had the diner had ever had roasted radishes before and now everyone of us is hooked!

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  38. Christina Not Specified Not Specified

    I absolutely love radishes. For years I would only eat them raw in salads. Recently I’ve been trying to eat healthier and have been so excited to try new takes on my favorite veggies. I just recently tried a recipe for pickled radishes that came out wonderful. When I came across this recipe I was super excited. I had never tried any sort of cooked radish. I followed the recipe and they came out wonderfully. The texture is surprisingly similar to that of a potato. The only thing I think I would do differently next time is maybe put some type of dressing or sauce on them to add some extra flavor. Any suggestions on flavors that would go well with radishes?

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  40. Nicky Not Specified Not Specified

    I loved this – quick & easy (as the recipe says). I love to shred radishes into my salads too. I’ve shared with my vegan friend. Thank you.

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    My family enjoyed this dish.

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  45. mella Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you for posting this. I have been giving away lovely organic radishes from the co-op because I don’t like the heat of their rawness. DUH! I never thought to roast them to mellow the flavor. I’m going to try some white ones right now.

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  47. Sonya Not Specified Not Specified

    Awwww, what a sweet post for your mom! And I look forward to trying this recipe.

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  49. cathymcintosh Not Specified Not Specified

    We just made the radishes, thank you, great side dish for our dinner.

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  51. vera Not Specified Not Specified

    I haven’t had roasted Radishes either, but will now.
    Thank you!

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  54. Nancy Not Specified Not Specified

    These were delish! The “hot” was gone and they were sorta sweet/savory. Will do again, and again.

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  57. naomie Not Specified Not Specified

    Someone left rsdishes here after a lunch. Found your recipe. Going to try it for dinner tonight. thanx for reminding me again how much i love my mom. She passed away 7 years ago and your blog just brought back some lovely memories. thank you.

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  60. Christine // my natural kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    I love adding radishes to my trays of roasted veggies. Even radish-haters like them! Can’t wait to try these with the lemon zest, that sounds delicious!

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