This is a great spread for your favorite crackers (my favorite are gluten-free nut or seed crackers), cheese, or deli meat.
Do you like horseradish?
Horseradish was a frequent guest on my family’s table in Poland. We love horseradish, and use it with all sorts of meats, and eggs. We also add it to the salads. I'm aware that people either love it or hate it. Some people can’t resist it, and some people will leave the room if it’s on the table.
What is Horseradish?
Horseradish belongs to the Brassicaceae family, meaning it’s is closely related to cauliflower, wasabi, mustard, mustard greens, cabbage, radish, and broccoli. When the thick root (the active ingredient) is cut, the breakdown of the plant’s cells releases enzymes —breaking down sinigrin found in the root. This process releases mustard oil, which is an irritating and pungent chemical that usually affects the sinuses and eyes of those who smell it. So you need to know your limit! Horseradish gives a spicy burst of flavor to many dishes and is also tasty as a condiment with certain types of steak and ham.
Can Horseradish be Healthy for you? Absolutely!
Horseradish is connected to a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to:
Aid in weight loss
Build strong bones,
Promote heart health
Improve the immune system
Lower blood pressure
Reduce the risk of cancer due to its high levels of glucosinolates
Horseradish is Easy to Grow and Easy to Prepare!
Plant a section of horseradish root in a sunny part of your yard, and make sure it gets some water. Soon you’ll have more horseradish than you can use. If you don’t have access to a garden, you can find the roots in markets such as Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.
Homemade prepared horseradish is about twice as strong as store-bought versions and lasts about 3 to 4 weeks in the refrigerator. Add an Apple or Beet to Sweeten Your Sauce!
In Poland, we like to add an apple or beet to our horseradish sauce to cut the strong pungent flavor and add some sweetness to it. It is much more pleasurable to eat it this way.
Apples and horseradish fit very well together. They are both great for liver support and can help detoxify excess estrogen from the body. This is a great spread for your favorite crackers (my favorite are gluten-free nuts or seed crackers), cheese, or deli meat.
I cook the horseradish root with the apple because cooking takes out most of the heat while leaving the health benefits. If you like more heat you can add some fresh horseradish to the recipe as well. This will allow you to consume more horseradish without killing yourself!
You can make this recipe raw, without cooking it, but it will be wetter and won’t keep as long in the fridge.
This homemade horseradish sauce recipe is:
Dairy-free, but if you can add some yogurt cream cheese if you eat dairy. See below for how to make yogurt cream cheese.
I love to serve this sauce with beef. Here is my favotite Beef Bourguinon Recipe!
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- 1 Apple Granny Smith
- 2 tbsp
- 1/2 tsp
- 2 tbsp
- 1 tbsp
or coconut sugar
- 3 tbsp
or yogurt cream cheese, recipe in the blog
- salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the apple and grate it with a cheese grater until you reach the core.
- Place the grated apple and chopped onion in a saucepan with grated horseradish root, thyme, and water.
- Bring to a boil, and then reduce the temperature to low.
- Cook with a lid on for about 15 minutes on low heat until the water has evaporated and the apple is soft.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.
- Add the extra horseradish, the honey, or coconut sugar.
- Season with sea salt and pepper
- Let it cool.
- Once it’s is cold, mix in the coconut yogurt or yogurt cream cheese
- Store any portions you’re not using in the refrigerator. It will keep for 3-4 days.
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