Horseradish is an under-appreciated ingredient. It has humble origins; it’s just a plain white root growing in the soil. Nevertheless the jolt it gives food will make taste buds tingle with satisfaction.

Oven Fries with Horseradish Cream

Fries:

     1 T butter

     ½ t salt

     ¼ t pepper

     ½ t garlic powder

     3 T Parmesan cheese

     4 whole baking potatoes, cut into fries

Cream:

     ¼ cup mayonnaise

     1 T prepared horseradish

     2 t ketchup

     ¼ t seasoned salt

Place fries in large bowl.

Add butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese; toss gently to coat.

Spread in single layer on baking sheet.

Bake 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees until potatoes are tender and golden-brown.

Combine all horseradish-cream ingredients in small bowl.

Serve fries hot with horseradish cream on the side.

Oven Fries with Horseradish Cream

Oven Fries with Horseradish Cream

Horseradish Deviled Eggs

8 whole hard-boiled eggs

2 T plain Greek yogurt

4 t prepared horseradish

4 t sweet-pickle juice

1 t Dijon mustard

1 pinch salt

Freshly ground pepper

Peel eggs; slice them in half lengthwise.

Gently remove yolks; place in small food processor.

Add yogurt, horseradish, pickle juice, mustard and salt; process until smooth.

If desired transfer to a bag outfitted with a large decorating tip.

Fill each egg half; sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.

Horseradish Deviled Eggs

Horseradish Deviled Eggs

Salmon Croquettes with Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Croquettes:

     2 cups salmon, cooked

     1 whole egg

     ½ cup bread crumbs

     2 T lemon juice

     2 T prepared horseradish

     1 t garlic salt

     1 t black pepper

     1 t paprika

     1 t dried basil

     3 T butter

Dipping sauce:

     ½ cup sour cream

     2 T lemon juice

     1 T horseradish

Combine dipping-sauce ingredients together in small bowl; refrigerate.

Mix salmon and egg until combined.

Add rest of croquette ingredients; mix.

Form into small patties.

Heat a grill or sauté pan over medium-high heat; add butter.

When butter is hot, add salmon croquettes to pan.

Cook them for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly brown on the bottom; flip.

Cook another 5 to 7 minutes until browned on the bottom.

Remove from heat to plate; serve hot with horseradish dipping sauce.

Salmon Croquettes with Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Salmon Croquettes with Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Steaks with Horseradish Compound Butter

1 stick butter, softened

1 garlic clove

2 T prepared horseradish

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

In medium bowl mix and mash together butter, garlic, horseradish and pepper.

Spoon onto plastic wrap; gently form into small log.

Refrigerate until firm.

When ready to serve, slice and place on hot steaks.

Steaks with Horseradish Compound Butter

Steaks with Horseradish Compound Butter

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Cherlyn Beachy lives near St. Ansgar in northeast Iowa with her husband, Mervin, and their son and daughter. They have a large garden and raise their own chickens, beef, pork and eggs. She’s a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook and enjoys photography. “I cook like many of you – no special equipment, no exotic ingredients and no one else to wash the dishes,” she says. “I’m always on the lookout for tasty easy-to-prepare seasonal food.”