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Polish Horseradish Recipe - Chrzan

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From the left: Ćwikła and chrzan are two horseradish condiments that go well with Polish sausage.

From the left: Ćwikła and chrzan are two horseradish condiments that go well with Polish sausage.

(c) 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

Chrzan, made from horseradish root and vinegar, is an important part of Easter meals, or anytime kielbasa and baked ham are served.

I remember my brother and father grating huge roots for my mother, tears streaming down their faces. The vapors given off when slicing onions have nothing on those of horseradish. My sister-in-law says the men in her family fortified themselves with a shot of whisky before starting.

At dinner, we kids would see who could eat the most chrzan without crying. I never won.

With today's food processors, homemade chrzan is a snap to make.

Makes about 2 cups of Polish horseradish

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound horseradish root, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. Mix together all ingredients until well combined.

  2. Pack into a clean, sterilized pint jar. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

  3. When grated beets are added, chrzan becomes ćwikła .
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