To commemorate college graduation, my brother and I spent the first part of the summer of 1995 on an epic month-long Eurail trip around Europe. Neither of us were strangers to European travel and we hit it hard and heavy. To say we saw, and did, a lot would be an understatement.
In Germany, while consuming entirely too much beer, I discovered radishes are fantastic. Who knew? Clearly, the Germans! Hungry, and likely more than a bit tipsy, I dipped radish after radish into butter and salt. They were perfection. I didn’t know yet that the radish-butter-salt combination was a classic. Robbed of this piece of my heritage I tell you! Robbed! (I’m ¼ German, if you care or were wondering.)
If you like radishes, you’ve no doubt enjoyed the spring-radish-loving classic of a radish and butter sandwich. Scattered with a bit of good salt it is simple and delightful.
But, have you ever experienced a Radish and Peanut Butter Sandwich? My Dad enjoys them and I had not been able to decide if the idea was genius or disgusting. After several trials I’m here to go down on the side of GENIUS!
I haven’t been able to find much on the origins of such a sandwich. Apparently Kathy Kohner-Zucherman (the inspiration behind Gidget) used to trade her radish-and-peanut butter sandwiches for a chance to surf. There is a very brief anecdotal note on the Cascadian Farms blog. But not much else. I know it may seem a bit odd. But people seem to love to mix peanut butter with all sorts of odd things on sandwiches, so I’m actually a bit perplexed at the absence of anything out there. But doesn’t peanut butter make most things even better than they already are? The salty creamy and crunchy of a peanut spread mixed with the wet, sharp crunchy bite of a radish? Of course!
Radish-Peanut Butter Sandwich
- 2 slices of soft whole grain bread (it does need to be soft – super dense and/or dry bread doesn’t work)
- peanut butter, preferably crunchy
- sliced radish
You can toast you bread, but I prefer it un-toasted. You can also butter your bread on the side that isn’t peanut buttered. I like it that way best! A thicker layer of radishes is ideal – but as I mentioned before, hoarding enough radishes just for me is tough! Layer. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt and maybe some cracked pepper. Bite. Mmmm.
Sometimes, if I’m really feeling the radish love, I layer some radish greens for an extra bite. At any rate, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Somehow, some way, it works!
Have you tried it? Heard of it? Know any more of the origin? I’d love to hear!