||Borscht is beets soup originating from Ukraine and well-known as a Russian cuisine. There are a variety of recipes by region. Borscht is traditionally served with Pampushki; a Ukrainian dinner roll flavored with garlic and herbs, but is also good with pasta or rice.
Ingredients (serves 6):
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 10 oz. beef stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 cup potatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup carrots, diced
- 2 quarts beef broth
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 lb. ripe tomatoes, diced or 1 canned (15 oz.) tomatoes
- 1 lb. beets, peeled and diced (leaves reserved)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 Tbsp. chopped dill
Heat oil over medium-high heat in the Stainless Steel Thermal Vacuum Cooking Pot inner pan. Add the beef, and sear until well browned. Stir in the onion, celery, potatoes carrots and cook about 3 minutes.
Add the beef broth, lemon juice, cabbage, tomatoes, beets, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, skim the surface then place the inner pan in the insulated container and keep warm for about 2 hours.
Chop and add the beet leaves into the borscht, and keep warm an additional 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves, check the taste and adjust with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkling of dill.