Chrzan, made from horseradish root and vinegar, is an important part of Easter meals, or anytime 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 whiskey 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.
- 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
- Mix all ingredients until well combined.
- Pack into a clean, sterilized pint jar. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or freeze.
- When grated beets are added, chrzan becomes ćwikła