Psssst. Radish and butter lovers, I've got something exceptional for you! This Compound Radish Butter with Thyme is a delicious French-inspired treat you can eat any time of day.
I originally shared this recipe in 2014. I've recently updated this post with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this super simple Radish Butter with Thyme is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
The ingredient list:
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- softened butter (I used unsalted, but salted can be used)
- fresh radishes
- fresh thyme
- salt and pepper
- crusty bread or crackers
- Maldon finishing salt (optional)
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- medium-size mixing bowl
- chef's knife / Santoku / or rasp (shown)
- cutting board (optional)
- measuring spoons
- bowl for serving
- plastic wrap for storing
- decorative spreaders (optional)
How this recipe came to be:
Years ago I remember watching Ina Garten in an old episode of The Barefoot Contessa where she was telling about how French children would eat radish and butter sandwiches, sprinkled with a little salt, as an after-school treat.
Ina's story has always stuck with me because I thought it an odd combination, but one I was very intrigued by.
I've always wanted to go to France. I'm not sure when I'll actually be fortunate enough to go, but I know that someday I will.
Until that time, I'll have to make do with this recipe for Compound Radish Butter with Thyme.
How long will compound butter keep?
If using salted butter, you can keep this compound butter on the counter (covered) for up to 1 week. That way the consistency is always soft, spreadable, and ready to eat at a moment's notice.
If not using salted butter, I recommend keeping it covered in the refrigerator, and then it's good for up to 2 weeks.
However, I'd recommend that it to come to room temperature before serving for best flavor and consistency.
How does your garden grow?
When we started growing radishes in our own backyard garden a few years ago (the photo below is from 2014), I just knew I'd have to put my own spin on this classic French delicacy.
Here is our radish haul from 2014:
Garden photos from 2021:
There are no radishes ready for harvesting just yet, but I thought you may like to view our raised bed gardens from this year.
Raised bed gardening is SO much easier to weed and keep control of. We're loving it!!
How to use compound radish butter:
This Compound Radish Butter with Thyme is to be used as a spread for crackers and bread and served as an appetizer or light snack.
How does radish butter with thyme taste?
Its taste is sweet from the butter and honey, and tangy because of the wonderful bite the fresh radishes provide.
After spreading, sprinkle with a little additional finishing salt and close your eyes...
The next thing you'll know is you'll be standing atop the Eiffel Tower singing "That's Amoré!"
Wait...that's Italian, but what ever! LOL
The step-by-step photo instructions for making compound radish butter with thyme:
- Clean and trim the radishes. Discard leaves.
- Grate or finely chop the radishes into the softened butter.
- Season with salt, pepper, and honey.
- Add fresh thyme leaves and still well.
- Spread on crackers or crusty bread.
Additional recipes using fresh vegetables:
*Farmer's Market Veggie Salad (shown below and in the featured video)
Farmer’s Market Vegetable Salad is a seasonally delicious and healthy salad which is a great accompaniment to any meal, or as an entire meal in and of itself!
*Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad (not shown)
Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!! Dig in! You’re going to love this colorful salad!
*Layered Zucchini Parmesan (shown below)
Layered Zucchini Parmesan has all the flavors you love about pizza or lasagna but without all those annoying carbs to weigh you down.
*Italian Roasted Plum Tomatoes (not shown)
Italian Roasted Plum Tomatoes are sweet, soft, crunchy, and deliciously seasoned. They’ll make a perfect bbq side dish for just about anything you can imagine, and they’ll even be as tasty as heck for breakfast or brunch.
*Compound Butter with Radish and Thyme (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's fresh vegetable and herb compound butter.
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COMPOUND RADISH BUTTER WITH THYME
- ½ pound butter (2 sticks) softened to room temperature (I used unsalted)
- 5-6 fresh radishes (approximately ½ cup) cleaned and finely chopped, or grated
- ¼ teaspoon salt plus additional for sprinkling
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Crackers and crusty bread for serving
- -Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir well to combine.
- -Serve at room temperature with crackers and crusty bread slices.
- -Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's fresh and easy appetizer recipe for Compound Radish and Thyme Butter as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!