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Hot Beef Borscht

Type: Meat
Courses: Soup
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Fennel bulb
3 tablespoons 45mlButter
1 tablespoon 15mlOnion - cut 1/2" dice (large)
2   Celery stalks - cut 1/2" dice
1 teaspoon 5mlGround coriander
1 teaspoon 5mlGround cumin
1 teaspoon 5mlCaraway seeds
1 teaspoon 5mlFreshly-ground black pepper
3   Beets - peeled, and
  Cut 1/2" dice
1/2   Cabbage - cut 1/2" dice (small)
7 cups 1659mlLow-sodium chicken broth
3/4 lb 340g / 11ozCooked pot roast - cut 1/2" dice
  Salt - to taste
1/2 cup 118mlSour cream

Recipe Instructions

Cut fennel stalks and bulb into 1/2-inch dice. Chop feathery fronds and reserve for garnish.

Melt the butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and diced fennel and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Cover and cook until the vegetables are softened but not brown, about 5 minutes.

Add the coriander, cumin, caraway seeds and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the beets, cabbage and broth and bring to a simmer. Partially cover the pot and simmer until the beets are tender, about 35 minutes.

Add the cubed beef to the pot and heat through. Add salt to taste. Ladle into warm soup bowls. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with the chopped fennel fronds.

This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.

Each of 8 servings: 211 calories; 809 mg sodium; 54 mg cholesterol; 12 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 8 grams carbohydrates; 18 grams protein; 1.80 gram fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 01-16-2002


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