Borsch recipe

Borsch (Russian: борщ) is actually a traditional Ukrainian dish. Similar dishes exist in cuisines of other countries of Eastern and Central Europe like Poland, Lithuania, Romania or Moldova. Borsch became very popular in Russia centuries ago. Now this rich stew is associated with Russia and is also known as the Russian red (or beet) soup. Other spellings include: borscht, borsh, borsht, borcsh, borstch, etc.

Ingredients (serves 4-6)
2 litre (= 8 cups) meat stock or water
200 g (=7 oz) beef
2 bay leaves
1 onion
200 g (=7 oz) cabbage
150 g (=5 oz) potato
200 g (=7 oz) beets
100 g (=3.5 oz) carrot
1 tbsp tomato puree (or 2 tomatoes)
100 g (=3.5 oz) lard, bacon or butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vinegar (3%)
100 g (=1/2 cup) sour cream
  parsley and/or chives
  salt, pepper

Borsch - step by step

Meat stock (can be cooked in advance)
Place meat in a pan and add cold water to cover the meat. Bring to boil, removing scam as it gathers. Pour the water away and clean off any scam. Place meat in the pan, fill it with boiling water and bring everything to slow boil. Add one whole onion and bay leaves and let it simmer in the covered pan on low heat for about 2 hours.

Remove cooked onion and bay leaves. Strip meat off bones and finely chop it.
Cut potatoes into thick chips. Shred the cabbage.
Bring meat stock (or water) to boil, put in potatoes and cabbage and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
Grate or cut carrots and beets into very thin stripes.
Preheat a frying pan and add lard, bacon or butter. Add beets and sauté for about 10-15 minutes.
Add tomato puree (or chopped tomatoes), sugar and vinegar and cook for a couple of minutes. Add some water or meat stock if the mixture gets too dry.
Add carrots. Sauté in the covered pan for another 10 minutes.
Put sautéed vegetables into the pan with cabbage and potatoes.
Add cooked meat and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve borsch with chopped fresh parsley or chives, sour cream (1-2 tbsp per portion) and a piece of brown bread.

Variant: Borsch with Beans

This Borsch-Variant is prepared without meat.
Recipe Borsch with Beans (in german)

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