Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Beefy Winter Borsch

This is a lovely soup; sweet, mellow and filling without being too rich. It can easily support a good dollop of sour cream or yogurt. It's definitely a meal in itself, needing nothing more than a little bread and butter or maybe some apple crisp for dessert.

6 servings (meal sized)
2 hours - 45 minutes prep time

Beefy Winter Borscht
4 medium beets
2 medium carrots
2 medium potatoes
3 to 4 stalks celery (2 cups diced celeriac)
2 medium onions
450 grams (1 pound) stewing beef
1 tablespoon mild vegetable oil
4 cups crushed or diced tomatoes
2 cups beef stock
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns ground

Wash the beets and put them in a pot with sufficient water to cover. Bring them to a boil and boil them until tender; about 45 minutes. Keep the cooking water.

Meanwhile, peel the carrots, and cut them into dice. Cut the potatoes into slightly larger chunks. Peel and chop the onions. Chop the celery, or the peeled celeriac.

Put the potatoes and carrots into a pot with sufficient water to cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Cut the beef into small pieces similar to the sizes of the vegetables. Heat the oil in a skillet, and cook the beef until browned on all sides. Add the onions and celery about halfway through the process; they should be soft but not much browned.

Put the beef, celery and onions into a large soup-pot with the tomatoes and the beef stock. Add the drained carrots and potatoes. Add 2 cups of the beet cooking water. Peel the beets, dice them and add them to the soup. Likewise, add the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.

Simmer the soup 10 minutes to amalgamate the flavours. It can be served at once, or will keep chilled in the fridge for several days and re-heats very well. Mr. Ferdzy won't consider it complete unless you pass some sour cream with it.

Last year at this time I made Peanut Salad Dressing.


Anonymous said...

You could also make it sour by adding sauerkraut at the end instead of vinegar.

Ferdzy said...

Yes, true! Good idea.