Prepared horseradish

by | Mar 12, 2021 | Vegetable dishes

Easter is coming, so it’s time to share the recipe of prepared horseradish. In Hungary horseradish is an inevitable part of the Easter menu, boiled ham can’t be served without this condiment. Stores offer a wide range of bottled varieties, but homemade prepared horseradish tastes fresher and more intensive, and it’s twice as strong as the store-bought versions.

Horseradish root
Horseradish root – photo: zserbo.com

Horseradish is one of those foods 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. Horseradish is a member of the mustard family and it’s known for its pungent taste and odor. The telltale smell and aroma of horseradish comes from isothiocyanate, a volatile compound that, when oxidized by air and saliva, generates the “heat” that clears out anyone’s sinuses.

Horseradish is available year-round in most places, but harvest season is in spring. If you don’t have access to a garden plant, you can often find the roots at markets. When buying horseradish roots, choose those that are firm, not soft. Roots that appear dry or shriveled are not ideal, either.

Prepared horseradish
Prepared horseradish – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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