Polish Fried Beets {Buraczki Zasmażane}

This recipe is for my dear sister friend, Angie, who, may I humbly say, I also turned into a believer. A food believer, beets to be more precise.  I made this hot salad for her once, she then asked me for a recipe, and she is now craves it regularly, she said… you are welcome!

Angie and I met at military ball for our husband’s unit. She had a smile from ear to ear as she screamed at me, trying to sound louder than the music on the dance floor: “HI! I’M ANGELA!!!” Somehow, I knew right away, she is going to be my sister friend… and she was… IS. I never called her Angela though.

Our husbands deployed to Iraq together, and we became each other’s support system, each other’s other half. We spent at least one evening on a weekday, and every weekend together for the year our boys (men) were gone. We ate together, watched movies, traveled and got lost together, cried, laughed and did everything to make the time pass.  I’m pretty sure, if it wasn’t for her, I would have not made it through that year, without some kind of mental breakdown. It was nice to have someone who could understand exactly what it feels like to be alone, to fear death of the closest person to your heart everyday, to avoid the TV to not accidentally find something horrible out, to dread every unexpected knock on the door fearing it could be our unit Chaplain with the unwanted, unwelcome and horrifying news.

Angie and I at the welcome home ceremony for our boys unit.

She knew how it felt to not sleep through the night when they were on their way home and how your heart stopped when they walked into the gym, where you, and a few hundred other spouses and children were waiting impatiently to finally wrap your arms around him, squeeze so tight, and feel your tears run down your cheeks. She knew exactly. Thank you Angie for being my fried beet salad lover, and my sister friend. I will cook for you whatever, whenever and every time I make this dish, I think of you.

This is my grandma’s recipe. Babcia on my mom’s side, Stanisława was a chef who never measured anything, and when asked about a recipe said, she didn’t have one. I’ve watched her cook for many years, and I’m able to recreate a lot of them, thankfully. This is one of my favorite beet recipes. Warm and creamy beets, slightly sweet and tangy make a great addition to a meat-and-potatoes kind of dinner. Think of this next time you’re in need of a new and interesting dinner side.

Fried Beets {Buraczki Zasmażane}

  • Yields: 3-4 servings (2 cups)
  • Prep Time: 1 h (roasting) + 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets
  • 2 tbs of butter
  • 2 tbs of flour
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 c of half & half
  • 3 tbs of white vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash beets and roast in the oven (covered) for about 1 hour (until soft).

  2. Remove from oven and cool.

  3. Peel and grate on the smallest vegetable grater (yep, the one that takes finger tips off - CAREFUL!)

  4. In a medium pan, heat butter on low heat, add flour to make roux. Stir until combined and bubbly, about 30 sec.

  5. Add grated beets and the rest of the ingredients, heat through. Taste and add a bit more salt, if needed.

Notes

Creamy, tangy and sweet fried beets are a great addition to any dinner, or can even be eaten on their own, which I do often.

Serve to a person you love and make them feel loved.

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Sally! Thank you for your kind words! Half and half is cream (sweet cream, not sour cream). Good luck cooking! Anna

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