Friday, June 11, 2010

Borscht

"Cheap like Borscht" ...what a great saying that refers to this hearty soup with its' main ingredients being beets and water. I grew up with my Grandma making Borscht out of vegetables from her garden. I'm sure anyone with Ukrainian or Polish or Russian ancestors share similar memories and will always have a special spot in their belly for Borscht!

I recently remembered how as kids we'd go ga-ga over Grandma's Borscht and then thought perhaps my 1 year old would like it as well as I've been trying to get him to eat more veggies. He LOVED it. Borscht is not a picky soup, so don't get caught up on the measurements. Just get it all in the pot!

Chop and put in pot:
4 beets
2 stalks celery
3 carrots
3 potatoes
1 can tomatoes
1 cup peas
1 cup beans
1/2 cup bacon

Add water to top, bring to boil and season with:
salt & pepper
bay leaf
fresh dill (the more the better)

- Simmer and add a tablespoon or two of white vinegar. If you want to get crazy, use vodka. :)
- Dollop with sour cream when served.

10 comments:

  1. Very nice! Such a simple sounding recipe. I'm not used to such a chunky version, but will have to give it a try next time we have some beets lying around!

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  2. I love borscht, I'm of Ukrainian background and my Baba made it all the time for us. I haven't made it in ages but will now. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. I went to Ukraine this summer so am excited to try this recipe! Can't get enough beets!

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  4. Mmmm, I love borscht! How cool that you put peas in your borscht.

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  5. My grandma make the best "barszcz" in the world ;) I really like your recipe.

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  6. I always forget how good beets are until I see a great recipe like this. I've never had Borscht but this looks really good. I'll have to pick up some beets at the farmers market next week so I can give it a try.

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  7. I have been looking for a easy and simple recipe for a long time .Thanks for the delicious recipe. I shall try it mmmmmm.

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  8. What kind of peas and beans do you use in this recipe; and do you add the vinegar at the end after everything has cooked, or along with other ingredients? Sounds delicious!

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