Polish Horseradish with Beets (Ćwikła) Recipe

Ćwikła and chrzan are two horseradish condiments that go well with Polish sausage and ham.
From the left: Ćwikła and chrzan are two horseradish condiments that go well with Polish sausage and ham. (c) 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    30 mins
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This no-cook condiment recipe for grated horseradish with beets is known as ćwikła (CHEEK-wah) in Polish.

Horseradish root is native to the warmer climes of Eastern Europe, and some say Asia, and it appears in recipes worldwide.

Plain grated horseradish in Polish is known as chrzan (ZAHN). Grated beets are often added for color and a touch of sweetness.

Ćwikła is the perfect accompaniment for Polish sausage and ham and is an indispensable condiment at Easter time.

Here are more beet recipes.

What You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 cups homemade or purchased horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound beets, cooked, peeled, cooled and grated or 1 (14-ounce) can prepared beets, drained and grated

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, mix together vinegar, brown sugar, horseradish, and salt until well combined.
  2. Add beets and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pack into clean sterilized jars and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Serve warm or cold, although cold is more traditional.

So What Exactly Is a Condiment?

Most people know that mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, relish, salt, and pepper are condiments.

Typically condiments are not eaten on their own. Their purpose is to add increased flavor or even to introduce a new contrasting flavor to foods. Sometimes they are incorporated into the ingredients of a dish and sometimes they are served alongside a cooked dish.

There are as many different types of condiments as there are foods and they are often connected to certain types of cuisines.

A well-stocked pantry would include, at the very least, barbecue sauce, capers, chili paste or powder, chutney, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, horseradish, ketchup, maple syrup, marmalades, molasses, mustards, oils, olives, pickles, salsa, vinegars, and Worcestershire sauce.

Ways to Use Horseradish as an Ingredient

  • Horseradish Sauce for Roast Beef RecipeThis sauce provides a nice contrast to the richness of a good piece of beef. Horseradish is the star of this recipe which includes Dijon mustard, sour cream, and chopped chives.
  • Horseradish Deviled Eggs RecipeThe addition of horseradish to the filling for this classic party appetizer gives it a nice zip.
  • Dill and Horseradish Potato Salad RecipeThis unusual spin on potato salad is made with horseradish, plain yogurt, and dill and is a great accompaniment to grilled and smoked meats, especially pork and chicken.
  • Hungarian Cream of Horseradish Soup RecipeAt first blush, this soup made with horseradish might seem like quite a spicy mouthful. But the tempered heavy whipping cream and egg yolks transform this into a velvety first course with just a hint of bite.