Prepared Horseradish 3 Ways

Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial

Horseradish is a spicy and slightly pungent root served as a condiment with fish or meat dishes. I consider it the wasabi of the Eastern Europeans… it adds a hot, spicy bite to savory dishes. Horseradish is sold in three popular varieties- Prepared (plain), with Beets, and Cream-Style. All three varieties are widely available in most supermarkets, but nothing beats homemade. With the advent of food processors, this process became a heck of a lot easier. I can’t imagine hand grating this stuff like our grandmothers did, the fumes are seriously powerful. Just be sure to keep it at arms length while preparing, horseradish is some powerful stuff!

When making homemade horseradish, I like to wear my protective goggles. Also, you know, they’re super sexy.

Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial

Here I’ve put together methods for creating the three major varieties of horseradish. Each recipe begins with a basic prepared horseradish. Though they can all be made using a hand grater, I highly recommend using a food processor if you have one. Trust me, your sinuses will thank you.

Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial

Horseradish 3 Ways

Prepared Horseradish Ingredients

  • 10-12 inch horseradish root
  • 1/4 cup water, or more if needed (see recipe note)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt (or more to taste)

Prepared Horseradish with Beets Ingredients

  • 1 cup prepared horseradish
  • 8 oz beets, cooked and peeled (1 cup cooked beet chunks - can be boiled or roasted)
  • Kosher salt to taste

Cream Style Horseradish Ingredients

  • 1 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt, or more to taste
  • Sugar to taste (optional)

You will also need

  • vegetable peeler, food processor
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 3 1/2 cups prepared horseradish, 2 cups prepared horseradish with beets, about 1 cup cream style horseradish
Kosher Key: Parve or dairy
  • To make Prepared Horseradish: first peel the horseradish using a vegetable peeler, I find that the serrated type works best. Use a knife to cut away any areas that are hard to reach with the peeler.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial  Cut the horseradish into several smaller pieces that will fit through the opening of your food processor.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial  Grate the horseradish using the food processor attachment with fine holes (small shreds). This can also be done using a hand grater, but a food processor is much easier and helps to keep some of the pungency away from your eyes and sinuses.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial  Once the horseradish has been grated, replace the grater with blade attachment and add apple cider vinegar, salt and water. Many jarred prepared horseradishes will have more liquid, so the amount of water you add is really a matter of personal taste. Process the mixture until well combined. Do not puree.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial  Transfer the prepared horseradish to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe TutorialThis recipe will yield about 3 1/2 cups of prepared horseradish.
  • To make Prepared Horseradish with Beets: chop the cooked and peeled beets. In a food processor, combine the chopped beets with 1 cup of prepared horseradish. Add salt to taste.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe TutorialProcess until the mixture is well combined, but still has a minced texture. Do not puree.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe TutorialTransfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe TutorialTo make Cream Style Horseradish: in a food processor combine the prepared horseradish, sour cream, salt and optional sugar. Most varieties of cream horseradish are not sweetened, however some are, so adding the sugar is really a matter of preference here. If you do add it, start with 1/2 teaspoon and add very little at a time until the flavor is right.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe TutorialProcess until the mixture is well combined and creamy, but still has a minced texture. Do not puree.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe TutorialTransfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
  • Prepared Horseradish Three Ways - Plain, with Beets and Cream Style, Easy Recipe Tutorial

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  1. Reminds me of seeing the Horseradish Grinding Contest in Tule Lake, CA. Each contestant is closed up in a phonebooth and made to grind the stuff, unprotected, for as long as they can.

  2. Hi Tori looking good! My father would make this every holiday! Only one who could do it! He lived doing it too cause it helped him with his Sinus! I’m afraid of it so I buy jar extra hot!

  3. You should taste what we make. Not only does it taste great, but it has heat that slowly goes through your nose & mouth & then up & out the top of your head!!! :) Chag Sameach!

  4. Tori! I went to stores today and could not find even one box of matzah or ANY related Passover foods in my area of Wasilla, Alaska. I told the manager of Walmart today, to please consider ordering speciality foods for Passover and other JEWISH holidays. OY!

    1. I was at Walmart (Wasilla, Alaska Superstore) yesterday Tori and they had absolutely NOTHING. I requested the manager be notified to perhaps consider carrying foods for special religious holidays like Passover. I DID order matzah ball and flat bread on Amazon but it may not be here until next week. I should have planned ahead and will next year but I am a little shocked and disappointed I have to send people to town AGAIN (100 r/t) today to search for the missing ingredients. THANKS TORI!

    2. I live in an area that none of the stores carry any Passover items, other than wine and grape juice. I ordered all of the matzah on Amazon. Not enough Jews in my area to support the store to carry it.

    3. Fred Meyers and Target carry stuff and I asked my local liquor store to please order me Manachevitz wine (grape concord and/or blackberry-the grape is better) and they did! Just got home from the store!

  5. Hi Tori, Here’s an idea for next years “Chrein” ( Horeseradish) ; Take an extension cord/cable and move your kitchen tool outside and you will have no problems at all. Happy Passover/Chag Pesach Sameach to all !

  6. (I am a Christian and exploring my rich jewish heritage and am staying kosher this week. Making Tori’s chicken soup with matzah balls soup tomorrow and I just found the saffron (the good stuff) this afternoon. The saffron is from spain and was $20- for a teaspoon.

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