Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe: Horseradish Sauce

by DerdriuMarriner

Homemade horseradish sauce is a favorite sauce that is frequently paired with another comfort food favorite, bread dumplings, in the Czech Republic.

Horseradish sauce (křenová omáčka) is a classic sauce in the cuisine of the Czech Republic.

The easy preparation of this cooperative sauce encourages its presence as a fresh staple in Czech cuisine.

The sauce's beguiling pungency is pleasantly recognizable and is soaked up well by another comfortable favorite, bread dumplings (houskový knedlík).

horseradish sauce (křenová omáčka) refreshes beef (hovězí maso) and bread dumplings (houskový knedlík)

Hovězí maso, křenová omáčka, houskový knedlík
Hovězí maso, křenová omáčka, houskový knedlík

Back story: horseradish


Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) shares membership in the Brassicaceae family with broccoli, cabbage, and mustard. Possibly native to southeastern Europe and western Asia, horseradish has garnered massive admiration for its pungent contributions to cuisines worldwide.

Along with its culinary attributes, horseradish encourages well-being. In its universal incarnation as prepared horseradish, the root vegetable contains such important nutrients in one tablespoon as:

  • calcium, a bone and teeth builder, close to 1 percent of the recommended daily amount (RDA);
  • folate, a healthy cell grower and maintainer, at over 2 percent RDA;
  • potassium, a blood pressure regulator, at about 1 percent RDA;
  • vitamin C, a free radical-busting antioxidant, at 6 percent RDA.

Additionally, horseradish is a rich source of glucosinolates, tumor-busting compounds which oppose the growth of existing tumors and prevent the formation of new tumors.

  • Glucosinolates reduce cancer risk by eliminating free radicals.


Horseradish Sauce (křenová omáčka)

Prep time: 5 minutes -- Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients for 15 servings

Yields 15+ servings with portion size of 2 Tablespoons.


May be served hot immediately or reserved in refrigerator for cold serving.



1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup milk

2 cups cream

salt to taste

white pepper to taste

3 Tablespoons chopped blanched almonds

1/4 cup grated horseradish

fresh dill (for garnish)




1. In a small bowl, blend flour into milk. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring cream to a boil over medium heat.

3. Reduce to low heat and add milk-flour blend to cream, stirring constantly.

  • Simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir regularly.
  • Sprinkle seasonings (salt, white pepper). Fold in chopped almonds and grated horseradish.
  • Simmer for about 5 more minutes, stirring regularly.

4. Remove from heat.

  • Ladle into serving tureen if serving hot.
  • If serving cold, set in refrigerator for one hour or more.


Sprinkle individual servings with fresh dill.


Servings: 16+ servings at 2 Tablespoons per serving.


horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) roots in the market

distinctively horseradish
distinctively horseradish



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Image Credits


Hovězí maso, křenová omáčka, houskový knedlík: Dezidor, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ězí_maso,_křenová_omáčka,_houskový_knedlík.jpg

distinctively horseradish: Anna reg, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @


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DerdriuMarriner on 11/12/2014

Mira, Yes, I see now that you meant the vegetable. And yes, horseradish is available in the produce section of many supermarkets. I like to make my own sauce but I also do use the vegetable for other recipes.

Mira on 11/11/2014

Ah, I didn't mean the sauce. I meant the vegetable itself :) I'm asking because I was surprised to find it here, despite its popularity (I'd say half the people make their own horseradish sauce).

DerdriuMarriner on 11/11/2014

Mira, Me, too, I also appreciate horseradish sauce. One of my favorite comfort foods is baby carrots with horseradish sauce as a dip.
Yes, horseradish sauce is available in supermarkets here! With so many products being phased out over the decades, I am happy that horseradish sauce still is stocked for popular consumption.

Mira on 11/11/2014

I love horseradish sauce, and I'd also like to mention that you can find horseradish here in the supermarkets as well (not only at farmer's markets). Is horseradish available at supermarkets there?

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