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Polish horseradish with beets! Posted by on Feb 25, 2012 in cooking, Countries, food, Holidays

Everyone knows that Poles love beets (buraki) and horseradish (chrzan)! Put these two together and everything gets even better…:)

My mother always used to make her own horseradish and mix it with beets. It gave it a beautiful color and a touch of sweetness. I always loved it and I still make it once in a while.

It is great as a dipping “sauce”. A lot of times I use it on a sandwich as well.Yum!!!

This great mixture is usually called “ćwikła“. It is really easy to make:

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


In a large bowl, mix together vinegar, brown sugar, horseradish and salt until well combined.

Add beets and mix thoroughly.

Pack into clean sterilized jars and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Definitely try it! It is such a typical Polish condiment, served with roast or any kind of smoked meat, sausage or different cold cuts. It is a must on the holiday table, regardless if it’s Christmas or Easter.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


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  2. Karola:

    So good!