Making Borscht Again

I got lucky and found really great beets at the farmers market. With fresh beets my mind immediately goes to making borscht. There are hundreds of recipes for borscht but they fall in two main categories, with cabbage or without. The beets I found I was surprised with, they were large with stems about eighteen inches long, and great leaves. If you make borscht never throw the stems out, just chop them up and add them to the pot. Making borscht does take some time but it is worth it, it’s a great soup.

Like with most things I cook I do things just a little different. Without cabbage I usually roast the beets and then peel them. With cabbage I grate most of the beets and dice some. In this case the beets were large so two got grated and one diced. With cabbage I have found grating the beets give the best results. When I make borscht I always use pork but you can use any meat or make it without any meat.

1 pound pork stew meat cut in small pieces.

2 large beets

1 large beet cut in small cubes

stem from beets leaves removed and chopped in small pieces

leaves from beets chopped

1 onion diced

1 carrot chopped

1 rib celery chopped

4 cups shredded cabbage

1 litre beef broth

1 litre chicken broth

4 bay leaves

1/3 teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon dill

2 teaspoons parsley flakes

2 teaspoons salt ( I use low sodium broth if you use regular just use 1 teaspoon)

1 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon butter

sour cream for garnish or just because you like it

Preheat a large pot on medium high heat, add butter. When butter has melted add the pork, salt and pepper, brown pork well. Add the broth, bay leaves, thyme, and beet stems. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a gentle boil, cover and cook for 1 and 1/2 hours. Add everything else except the vinegar, to the pot, bring to a boil, reduce to a gentle boil,, cover and cook for 1 and 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Turn heat off, stir in vinegar and serve. I like sour cream so I mix it in, my wife does use it at all.

About Graham Stewart

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