The little guys with a peppery bite turn super juicy in the heat of the oven.

By Ananda Eidelstein
May 02, 2018

You're probably used to eating radishes raw in salads, or maybe even served with butter and flaky salt as a classic snack. But it may surprise you that radishes can also be cooked. When braised or roasted, radishes trade their familiar peppery bite for a mellow and juicy flavor profile that's hard to resist.

The best radishes to roast are Cherry Bell, the kind most commonly found at the supermarket. Easter Egg radishes roast well too, and come in gorgeous hues of pastels to brighten up your table. French Breakfast radishes, the mildest, are elongated and go from a pinkish red to white tips.

If you want a simple go-to side dish, simply drizzled your radishes with olive oil, season them with salt and pepper, and roast them in the oven until they're tender when pierced with a fork (about 15 minutes). But we took it up a notch with this easy, amazing Miso-Roasted Radishes recipe. To maximize flavo, toss the radishes with white miso and apple cider vinegar—and for extra points, add a melt-in-your-mouth shallot.

As a bonus, miso and apple cider vinegar are two ingredients that can boost the healthy bacteria in your gut, which keeps the digestive system healthy. For more recipes with functional benefits that are naturally better-for-you, go here.

And don't throw away that bunch with the greens still attached to your fresh radishes—they're delicious! Make sure the leaves are crisp and green, then coarsely chop them and add let them wilt on the baking sheet.

If you need more radishes in your life, here are 13 tasty radish recipes.

This Story Originally Appeared On Real Simple