Pickled Radish and Lemon Mascarpone Tartines
Serves: 15
 
Delicious open faced sandwiches with creamy lemon mascarpone and pickled radish topping.
Ingredients
Pickled Radish
  • 2 bunches (20) breakfast radishes or other radishes
  • 1 cup/235ml organic white vinegar
  • ¾ cup/175ml water
  • 6-8 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Lemon Mascarpone Spread
  • 8oz container mascarpone cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons chives, chopped finely
  • chive blossoms, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A good quality, artisanal whole wheat or sourdough loaf
  • mizuna/spinach/arugula for topping
Instructions
Pickled Radishes
  1. Slice the radishes diagonally into thin slices.
  2. In a medium glass bowl, mix the vinegar, water, sugar and salt together.
  3. Start with the 6 tablespoons of sugar and if you'd like it a bit sweeter, add the extra 2.
  4. Drop in the sliced radishes and leave to pickle for about an hour.
  5. Use right away or refrigerate and keep for 5 days (they will most likely lose their colouring)
Lemon Mascarpone Spread
  1. In a bowl, tip out the mascarpone cheese and mix to smoothen.
  2. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and the chives.
  3. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust.
  4. The amount of seasonings is up to you,
  5. Some like more lemon zest and chives, start with 1 teaspoon and increase.
  6. I added about 1½ teaspoon of each since I don't like lemon zest to over power.
  7. To assemble, cut the bread at a diagonal and smear liberally with the lemon mascarpone spread.
  8. Arrange as many picked radishes as you want on top and add a healthy handful of greens on top.
  9. I used mizuna from the farm, a fresh, mild tasting green from Japan.
  10. It tastes very similar to arugala but with less bite.
  11. If using chive blossoms, scatter some over the top.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 1299 Fat: 78g Saturated fat: 44g Unsaturated fat: 23g Carbohydrates: 128g Sugar: 97g Sodium: 2118mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 18g Cholesterol: 249mg
Recipe by Coffee and Crumpets at http://www.coffeeandcrumpets.com/pickled-radish-and-lemon-mascarpone-tartines/