Monday, 1 June 2009

radishes with avocado and smoked paprika


this is so nice and so unusual that i've made it twice in the last few days.

the original recipe uses smoked salt as a condiment but, as i am sure most people don't have any, i've substituted smoked paprika. it's this that ties the whole thing together so don't be tempted to skip it - what you'd be left with isn't very exciting on its own. somehow, it's the contrast between the fresh veg, both crunchy and smooth, and the smokey, earthy, weird paprika flavour that gets your palate first confused and then wanting more.

best served as party canapes, or a snack.

RADISHES WITH AVOCADO AND SMOKED PAPRIKA

1 gem lettuce
1 avocado
1tbs lemon juice
6-7 radishes
smoked paprika
sea salt

separate the leaves from the lettuce, wash and drain well. make sure you keep them whole as they will serve as a receptacle for the other ingredients.

mash the avocado with a fork, and add the lemon juice to stop it from discolouring. slice the radishes in half or however you prefer.

spoon some of the avocado mixture into the leaves, top with half of a radish and then sprinkle with a mixture of sea salt and smoked paprika. eat immediately.

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