Garlic Butter-Roasted Baby Cremini Mushrooms

Roasted with capers and garlic, this simple dish is a real show-stopper.

Ingredients:
½ pound mushrooms, such as Cremini, halved lengthwise if large
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 450° with rack placed in middle.

2. Toss mushrooms with capers, garlic, salt and several grinds of black pepper in a small 1½- to 2-quart shallow baking dish.

3. Top with butter and roast, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender and golden and bubbly garlic sauce forms below, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve immediately.

Braised Radishes with Shallots

Tender and juicy, these beautiful radishes are accented by fresh parsley and balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients:
1 bunch radishes
3 large shallots
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup chicken stock or water
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Thoroughly wash radishes. On a cutting board, trim each radish top, leaving about ½-inch of the green stem for color. Slice each radish in half from top to bottom. Peel shallots and slice into thin rings.

2. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once it has melted, add the shallots and cook, stirring, until they begin to brown slightly. Add the radishes, placing each cut-side down in the skillet. Let them cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes or until the bottoms just start to color.

3. Add the balsamic vinegar and the water or stock (the liquid should just come up around the sides of the radishes). Cover, lower heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes.

4. Remove the cover and continue to simmer for about 3-4 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced into a syrupy sauce. Add the parsley and sauté for about a minute, until wilted.

Grilled Garlic Scapes with Lemon & Thyme

TBright yet smoky from their time on the grill, these grilled garlic scapes are a lovely side dish.

Ingredients:
4-6 elephant garlic scapes, trimmed of roots and tough outer ends, and rinsed
1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh herbs, such as oregano, parsley or thyme
½ teaspoons red pepper flakes
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat grill to high. Place the scapes on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil to coat. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon over the top then sprinkle with the pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Toss again to spread out the seasonings.

2. Grill the scapes until the root ends are soft and the tops are just brown. Remove from grill and squeeze a little more lemon juice over top and garnish with the fresh herbs.

Roasted Radishes

Seasoned with fresh thyme and red onions, these buttery radishes are an excellent accompaniment to just about any protein.

Ingredients:
1 bunch Pink Beauty radishes, trimmed
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat oven to 400°. Place radishes in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter butter pieces over. Sprinkle thyme leaves over radishes, season with salt and toss to coat.

2. Roast 15-20 minutes, giving pan a shake midway through cooking.

3. Remove from oven, let cool slightly. Slice radishes into thick rounds. Place on serving dish, drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, scatter with red onion slices.

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