Artichoke Crostini and Radishes with Butter and Sea Salt

So, I whet your palate with an aperitif yesterday.  Let’s move this cocktail party along with some appetizers!

As a frequent hostess, I am always on the lookout for crowd-pleasing munchies I can prepare entirely or largely ahead of time.  It’s true I love being the kitchen, but when I have guests, I want to spend time with them!  It’s also true I love spending inordinate amounts of time on lengthy, complicated recipes.  That doesn’t mean I want everything I make to be that way, though.  I truly do enjoy making a dish people enjoy only to be able to tell them how easy it was and convince them they can make it, too. 

These two appetizers make the grade in both of these categories.  The radishes with butter and sea salt, a classic French combination, barely even count for a recipe.  You just clean and prep the radishes and put out some butter and a dish of sea salt.  If you’re expecting a large crowd, you can halve the radishes and smear them with butter and sprinkle on the salt.  The artichoke spread is a pour and process kind of recipe.  It can even be made the day before.  Frankly, it tastes even better after the flavors have had a chance to meld for a couple of hours.

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artichoke crostini

Artichoke Crostini and Radishes with Butter and Sea Salt

from Williams-Sonoma, Cocktail Parties


For radishes:

1 bunch radishes for each 6 guests

1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature

sea salt 

For artichoke crostini:

1 large baguette, sliced into 1/4-in. rounds

1 (14-oz.) can water-packed artichokes hearts

1 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used olive oil)

3/4 c. freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. black pepper, plus more to taste

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

salt, to taste

fresh parsley, left whole or chiffonade, for garnish


1.  Prepare radishes by trimming the roots and stems without cutting into the body.  Leave whole or cut in half.  Put the butter into a ramekin and smooth the top.  Put the sea salt in a small dish.  To serve, arrange radishes on a platter and put out with butter, salt, and several small knives.  (Alternately, serve radishes already buttered and salted.)

2.  For artichoke crostini, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Arrange the baguette slices in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake until slightly golden, 5-7 minutes per side, depending on desired crispness.  Remove from oven and let cool.

3.  Meanwhile, drain, rinse, and pat artichoke hearts dry.  Coarsely chop them and place in a food processor along with butter or oil, cheese, pepper, and lemon juice.  Purée until smooth, then season to taste with salt.

4.  When crostini have cooled, spread with artichoke mixture, garnish with parsley, and arrange on a platter.  Serves 8-10.

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  1. Suzy Q
    May 15, 2012 / 8:31 am

    I love not being tied up in the kitchen when company is around! Great recipes to keep in mind.tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Brittany Cooks
    May 15, 2012 / 9:19 am

    I made radish butter not too long ago for the first time. Great combo! 🙂

  3. BMK
    May 15, 2012 / 11:43 am

    I love the idea of simple yet sophisticated appetizers. Its great to be able to wow when your entertaining but not spend hours in the kitchen.

  4. Kristen Hadley
    May 15, 2012 / 12:08 pm

    I love artichokes so this is definitely right up my ally!

  5. Claire - Simply Sweet Justice
    May 15, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    It sounds so different – love it!

  6. Claire
    May 15, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    I also liked your FB page!

  7. Claire
    May 15, 2012 / 12:43 pm

    I also answered your FB post!

  8. Rebecca
    May 15, 2012 / 2:03 pm

    I have never heard of serving radishes like that… must give it a try soon! Beautiful bunches of radishes always seem to temp me at the farmer's market anyway!

  9. Krystal Regueiro
    May 15, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    I love these simple yet elegant appetizer ideas!! I'm loving the new format, looks fabulous!!!

  10. Krystal Regueiro
    May 15, 2012 / 2:47 pm

    I answered today's FB question, too. Made me happy because I can finally enjoy them again!!

  11. Kaitlyn
    May 15, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    I'm not the biggest fan of radishes, but this honestly looks amazing! I liked the facebook page today and left a comment on the question of the day 🙂

  12. dalee041790
    May 15, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    I am not a fan of radishes, but these look amazing!

  13. dalee041790
    May 15, 2012 / 4:56 pm

    I commented on your Facebook questions of the day on drinks (emily fischer willingham)

  14. The Home Cook
    May 15, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    I love the sound of these! I love anything with artichokes.

  15. The Home Cook
    May 15, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    I like your Facebook page.

  16. The Home Cook
    May 15, 2012 / 5:36 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway (@tasteofhomecook)

  17. That Girl
    May 15, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    I love radishes with some salt and butter – I usually slice them

  18. ErinsFoodFiles
    May 15, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    I'm not a huge radish fan… but the crostini sounds amazing!

  19. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter
    May 16, 2012 / 2:11 am

    Kelsey, the new "digs" looks fantastic! I love how the graphics are incorporated into the title. Cute!I'm all over this appetizer, too!

  20. sharonjo
    May 16, 2012 / 3:06 am

    We have a neighbor who gives us radishes from his garden every year. We never really know what to make with them so usually end up just eating them plain with a little salt sprinkled on. So glad you shared this recipe, which looks yummy. Can't wait to try it!sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  21. Anonymous
    May 16, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Absolutely no lie, I was looking in my pantry yesterday and realized I had a can of artichoke hearts that was close to expiring. Now, I have something tasty to make with them! Thanks!My favorite appetizers are always something warm and cheesy

  22. Rebecca
    May 24, 2012 / 6:38 pm

    I love the artichoke recipe, but the radish recipe would be too spicy for me!

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