So now I know why I love beets so much! I mean it took me 60 years to find this out, but I finally did! It's because beets are associated with Easter and Slovaks! I found a recipe for "Beet Relish - For Easter" in my Mom's Basalla Family Cookbook. Since Easter is so close to us now, this is a perfect time for this recipe and it's also a perfect time for me to mention something else.
I'm Catholic, as I believe I have mentioned before. But I was baptized a member of the Byzantine Catholic Church in America. The traditional greeting at Easter has always been "Christos Voskrese" which means "Christ is Risen." I can still hear my own Mom saying those words at Easter - it brings back very special memories.
Anyway, here's the recipe. Please enjoy the relish and have yourself a wonderful Easter! The relish can accompany ham (or any meat), kielbasa, pierogi or just about anything you would like.
2 cans Beets, drained (I use French-style Julienne)
1 tablespoon Horseradish
2 tablespoons Vinegar
1 tablespoon Sugar
Salt & pepper
Mix all ingredients together & refrigerate.
God Bless, Peg - and Happy Easter!
"He is not here; he has risen..." - Luke 24:6