Horseradish sauce II

grated horseradish

The Boston Cooking-School cook book, 879pp.
by Fannie Merritt Farmer (revised by Wilma Lord Perkins)
Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1948 (8th edn)
Cooking on page 232

Fannie Farmer was America’s original goddess of cooking. This book, her most famous, came out in 1896. It introduced homemakers to the concept of using standardised measuring cups and spoons, as well as level measurement.

Fannie Farmer's cook book

I was interested to read that Miss Farmer suffered a paralytic stroke at the age of 16. She was unable to walk for several years and her plans to attend university were set aside. She took up cooking to fill her days and eventually turned her parent’s home into a boarding house that was known for its top quality meals.

I feel especially lucky to own this old, battered copy of The Boston Cooking-School cook book. It belonged to my mother-in-law and she gave it to me many years ago when she learned of my interest in cooking. And all those years ago, she bookmarked cake recipes on pages 684–85. The many splatters of cake mixtures are proof it was a popular set of pages.

Pages 32 and 132 have suggested menus, so I moved on to page 232. I was well rewarded with a collection of sauce recipes—three using horseradish and two using cucumber. I made one using a favourite ingredient.

horseradish sauce

Horseradish sauce II

4 tablespoons grated horseradish, fresh or bottled
1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
few grains cayenne
1/2 cup heavy cream

Mix first 4 ingredients and add cream beaten stiff. For beef.

How it played out
I adore horseradish and the bottled stuff is very hard to find in Canberra. Fresh is tricky too, so I spent way more time hunting for horseradish than I did making the dish as written.

fresh horseradish and cream

After no success at three supermarkets and three green grocers, I found some fresh root at Majestic Fresh for $49.99 a kilo. That hefty price reminded me why I used to grow horseradish in my backyard. I bought $3.50 worth and made the recipe as written.

It took less than 10 minutes to bring it all together. There was some leftover grated horseradish that I ‘pickled’ with vinegar and salt. It won’t be around for long.

Oh yum, oh yum, oh yum! This is complete perfection. I inhaled a few spoonfuls before setting the rest aside for dinner.

Served with steak and Spanish-roasted vegetables, another page-32 recipe. By the way, I sprinkled a bit more cayenne over the sauce when serving.

As for my horseradish supply, I’m heading to the garden centre tomorrow to buy a seedling.

steak and horseradish sauce


About leggypeggy

Intrepid overland traveller, keen photographer, avid cook—known to jump out of airplanes and do other silly things. Do not act my age.
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4 Responses to Horseradish sauce II

  1. I love horseradish. Son Daniel has planted heaps so eventually I’ll dig some up and plant in our new home! Maybe I could bring some to you?

  2. Sy S. says:

    I had a bottle of Horse Radish with beets in the refrigerator, bought a bottle of white Horse Radish and a small piece of fresh Horse Radish root. I used smaller amount of ingredients then the recipe called for when making the beet and white Horse Radish sauce. However, I used the full amount of ingredients for the Fresh Horse Radish Sauce… grated it finely. It came out too watery, so added two more tablespoons of the grated Horse Radish to thicken. This recipe creates a somewhat mild flavored Horse Radish, not very strong. I used it on Gefilte Fish which is especially popular on Jewish holidays… but also eaten all year round as well. This is a good recipe for meats and on Roast Beef Sandwiches… and the cream tempers the otherwise strong taste of Horse Radish.

    Aside- When grating the Horse Radish root, my eyes watered so much, worse then even chopping onions and surely cleared out my sinuses/runny nose.

    • leggypeggy says:

      You have horseradish coming out your ears and horseradish tears coming out your eyes. I’m very jealous about the former, but not about the latter. I’ll be making another batch as soon as I find fresh horseradish again. And maybe I’ll wear goggles while I grate it. 🙂

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