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Borscht

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Borscht
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 5 min
  • Servings 6
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This recipe for a traditional favorite from Russia and Poland calls for mixed pickling spice, which is available at most grocery stores. It usually includes a fragrant combination of coarse pieces of allspice, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mustard seed and peppercorns.

Ingredients

3/4
lb boneless beef chuck, tip or round roast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1
smoked pork hock
4
cups water
1
can (10 1/2 oz) condensed beef broth
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
4
medium beets, cooked, or 1 can (15 oz) sliced beets, drained
3
cups shredded green cabbage
2
medium potatoes, peeled, cubed (2 cups)
1
large onion, sliced
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
tablespoon mixed pickling spice
2
teaspoons dill seed or 1 sprig fresh dill weed
1/4
cup red wine vinegar
3/4
cup sour cream
Chopped fresh dill weed, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In 4-quart Dutch oven, place beef, pork hock, water, broth, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes or until beef is tender.
  • 2 Shred beets, or cut into 1/4-inch strips. Remove pork hock from soup; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove pork from bone; cut pork into bite-size pieces.
  • 3 Stir pork, beets, cabbage, potatoes, onion and garlic into soup. Tie pickling spice and dill seed in cheesecloth bag or place in tea ball; add to soup. Cover; simmer 2 hours.
  • 4 Stir in vinegar. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Remove spice bag. Serve soup with sour cream. Sprinkle with fresh dill.
Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
130
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
22%
(
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
60mg
20%
Sodium
810mg
34%
Potassium
640mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
18g
6%
(
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
,
Sugars
7g
)
Protein
18g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 4 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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