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Roast This Garden Favorite for a Whole New Taste

Radishes are most often used as a garnish for a salad, adding a crisp texture and spicy bite of flavor. Most varieties of this root vegetable are grown in the early spring, but you can usually find summer and winter varieties at farmers markets, and all year round in the grocery store. Radishes are one of the prettiest root vegetables, in my opinion, showing up in bright shades of pink, purple and red.

A lot of people find their taste a bit pungent; if you're one of them, but are looking for ways to add more veggies to your dinner rotation, take another look at the humble radish. There's a simple method to fixing radishes that mellows the sharp bite, leaving you with a delicious taste and creamy inside, crispy outside texture. It's also gluten-free, vegan, low carb and paleo friendly, along with being super healthy.

So fire up your oven and grab a baking sheet, because raw radishes take on a whole new taste when you add a bit of high heat.

How To Follow a Roasted Radishes Recipe

The gospel of roasted vegetables may not be new to you. You probably know that roasting carrots, potatoes, broccoli and other cruciferous and root vegetables in olive oil brings out the sweetness and crisp-tender texture. Really, roasted broccoli is like candy (except it won't rot your teeth).

The same works for roasting radishes. All you need to do is clean your radishes well, take off the ends, and cut them into halves or quarters or slices, depending on the size of the radish and your preference. Toss them in some olive oil, and season with black pepper,  kosher salt and a splash of lemon juice. Lay the cut radishes in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a baking dish. A cast iron skillet works well, too.

Roast in a 450-degree oven for about 10 minutes. The total time is going to depend on how small you cut the radishes, so start checking them right before the 10-minute mark. The radishes should be fork tender when done, meaning you can easily stick a fork into the radish and it will slide right out.

Serve the roast radishes with almost anything. They're a great side dish for any meat or poultry, and they make a great appetizer as well. Some keto recipes will sub roasted radishes for roasted potatoes, which is a great idea whether or not you're eating a low carb diet.

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