Colder nights mean summer is winding down and the season for warm SOUP is upon us. I’d totally be lying if I said I didn’t eat soup even if its 90 degrees out! I grew up with soup being a part of almost every meal. My Babcia (grandmother) would ALWAYS be making some variety with whatever summer veggies were around, so I am used to eating soup in the summer… but for everyone else… Welcome to Soup Season!

Barszcz Czerwony (Polish Red Beet Borscht)

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Copyright 2011-2012 European Market Deli & Cafe

 

I had some extra beets and potatoes left over from the Farmers Market, and I feel like I haven’t had eggs in a while…. so as a result… I made Borscht for dins. Here is my recipe derived mostly from memory and taste. I don’t really like to follow recipes; so I kind of make it work until it tastes AMAZE.

Polish red beet Borscht
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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups water
  2. 1-1/2 Vegetable Boulin cube
  3. 2-4 Beets (peeled and cut into cubes OR *shredded -can get messy :O)
  4. 3 -4 Carrots (or 2 handfuls of baby carrots)
  5. 2-3 pieces of Celery
  6. Salt & Pepper (as needed for taste)
  7. 1 Bay Leaf
  8. 2-3 Potatoes (cut into cubes)
  9. Handful of kale (optional)
  10. 2-4 Eggs
  11. 1/2 medium Onion (chopped)
  12. 1 Tbsp. butter
  13. 1-2 Tsp. Sour Cream
  14. Parsley (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Put everything (down to the potatoes) in a large pot and let boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer (covered).
  2. In a separate pot, boil some eggs.
  3. While everything is simmering, saute onion in butter with some salt. Add the potatoes from the soup (you can also boil them separately, but I don't like dirtying another pot if I don't need to) and mash them up with the onions and butter.
  4. Set Aside.
  5. I usually wait until the carrots, potatoes and beets are soft....about 25-30 mins,and then shut off the soup. Add Kale or some spinach if you are using it). Take out a Tbsp of soup and whisk in the sour cream until fully uniform. Transfer the combo into the soup until well blended. Sometimes, I don't even add the sour cream- it's more of personal preference... but it makes a pretty pink color!
  6. Cut up the boiled egg , scoop a spoon of the mashed potatoes and sprinkle some parsley into the bowl! Enjoy 🙂
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