Passover is a time of tradition and celebration, and nothing is more traditional than a good horseradish condiment to accompany your Passover meal. But why settle for plain horseradish when you can add some color and flavor with beets?
The sweetness of the beets helps balance out the horseradish’s spiciness. It will surely be a hit with your Passover guests!
*The full recipe is in the recipe card below!
Cooked beets: Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Wash the beets and trim off the leaves and root ends. Wrap the beets in aluminum foil and roast in the oven for about an hour, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Let the beets cool. Peel the cooled beets and cut them into chunks.
Fresh horseradish root: Horseradish root should have a beige or cream color on the outside and white on the inside. The root should be firm, smooth, and heavy for its size. It should not be soft, wrinkled, or show any mold or discoloration. Horseradish root can usually be found in the produce section of most grocery stores or specialty food stores; availability may vary by location and season.
Seasoning: Apple cider vinegar, sugar, and salt.
- Safety precautions: Horseradish can be very pungent and may cause eye irritation or respiratory discomfort if you inhale the fumes. It’s important to work in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling horseradish.
- Peeling: Use a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife to remove the skin from the horseradish root.
- Ratio between the horseradish and the beets: Generally, the horseradish ratio to beets is about 1 to 3, giving this dish a milder taste. I would suggest starting with just a few cubes of fresh horseradish and slowly adding more if needed.
- Adjusting the heat: The heat level of horseradish can vary depending on the freshness and potency of the root. If you find that your horseradish is too spicy, you can tone down the heat by adding more vinegar and cooked beets.
Horseradish is a traditional condiment served during Passover to symbolize the bitterness of the Jewish people’s enslavement in Egypt. However, it is a versatile condiment that can be served with a variety of dishes to add a spicy and flavorful kick. My dad adds it to pretty much everything… from Matzo ball soup to Kugel.
Transfer into a small jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Yes you can.
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Horseradish for Passover with Beets
- *Recommended* Disposable gloves
- 2-3 small beets (1 ½ cups (200 grams) of cooked beet cubes)
- 1 horseradish root about the size of a carrot
- 1-2 tablespoons (10-20 grams) granulated sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) apple cider vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C.
- Wash the beets and trim off the leaves and root ends. Wrap the beets in aluminum foil and roast in the oven for about an hour, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Let the beets cool. Peel the cooled beets and cut them into chunks.
- Peel the horseradish root and cut it into small cubes. Place in a food processor and start with just 3 to 4 cubes, (80 grams). Process until well ground. Alternatively you can also grate horseradish on small holes of a box grater. Make sure to keep windows open because the aroma is powerful. I also suggest using gloves while working with the horseradish.
- Add the beets, vinegar, sugar and salt; process until everything is combined.
- Taste and correct flavors. If needed, add more horseradish and process everything together again.
- Transfer into a small jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
I was hesitated to make it…but it is so easy
My father loves it too!
Wow the heat:-)
I had tears in my eyes but its delicious.
OMG I had tears in my eyes-)
I can’t find fresh horseradish can I use a store-bought?
I think that you can use Pure Horseradish, which is sold in jars (not Horseradish Sauce).
Thanks for the head-ups about the windows:-)