Polish Horseradish with Beets (Ćwikła) Recipe

Ćwikła and chrzan are two horseradish condiments that go well with Polish sausage and ham.
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups (3 portions)
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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.

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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 83
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 664 mg
Carbohydrates 20 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)