Pan-Roasted Radishes with Italian-Style Greens
Cooked radishes taste a lot like turnips, their Brassicaceae cousins, but with a milder flavor. If your radish greens look bug-eaten or browned, substitute watercress or arugula in the recipe.
1. Place figs in small bowl, and cover with boiling water. Plump 5 minutes, then drain, and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add radishes, cover, and cook 3 minutes, or until browned on one side (do not stir). Shake pan, and cook, uncovered, 3 to 4 minutes more, or until radishes are just tender. Transfer to bowl, and season with salt, if desired. Set aside.
3. Return skillet to heat, and add remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add spinach and radish greens, and cook 2 minutes, or until barely wilted, turning with tongs. Add pine nuts, figs, olives (if using), and radishes. Cover, and cook 3 minutes more, or until greens are tender and radishes are heated through. Transfer to serving bowl, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.