Chilebrown at home

Friday, September 25, 2009


Is horseradish a plant, vegetable, spice or the seed from hel? I sort of think it is the latter. Horseradish plants have the unique quality of taking over your yard and the neighbors too . I learned my lesson at a rental property many moons ago. I have horseradish growing in the corner of my property. Every once in a while I have to take a shovel, blow torch and a bible to contain this potent root. Horseradish is a spicy, hot plant. You can put the leaves in your salad, if you are brave. The roots are what we are looking forward too. The roots can be ground into a potent concocton. You only need to add salt and acid. The acid can be wine or vinegar. You can tame the flame with sugar or honey.

Let's just go for the gusto. Dig up your roots. Clean the beezlebob till white and pure. Dice into cubes. Add to your food processor with cup of vinegar or a cup of wine. Pulse to thick puree. Add salt to taste. Add water if too thick.

Be careful taking the lid off the food processor. If you are using fresh horseradish you may be in for a blast of spicy, hot, overwhelming fumes. They may cause spontaneous human weightlessness and gagging for air.

Tonight we are having some Rib Eye Steaks with a dollop of freshly made horseradish sauce. Oh my is this spicy. It is a good thing we have malfatti with home made sauce to calm the storm!

What Me Worry?


Andrew said...

Love it-horseradish is good stuff, but this looks pretty intense!

Zoomie said...

You have a sassy cat. Very, very appealing.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

love horseradish, but I think i will let home made horseradish a goal for my afterlife

Lea Ann said...

I moved into a house years ago that had a horseradish plant in the back corner of the yard. I used to LOVE making home made horseradish sauce. I don't remember it taking over. I'm in Denver, wonder if the short growing season and altitude tames the plant abit???

Chilebrown said...

Wow this is some powerful stuff. I go to the refrigerator and take the lid off to jump start myself in the morning.

Lee Ann, I have my plants in a corner which is surrounded by bricks. The plant sends out runners that go underneath the bricks and pop out several feet away. I just have to keep an eye on them. It is a fun plant though!

cookiecrumb said...

Woo, that stuff is mustard gas. We ground up a couple of roots one year, out on the deck. Didn't want to fumigate the house.
Good going; I'm jealous.