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Pisnyi Borsch (Meatless Beet Soup)

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Category: Vegetables, Christmas, Soups, Russian

 Ingredients List

  • 2 lb Beets
  • 1 lg Carrot
  • 1 md Parsnip
  • 1 md Turnip
  • 2 lg Celery Ribs
  • 2 md Onions
  • 1 lg Bay Leaf
  • 3 Peppercorns; Use 4 If
  • -Desired
  • 3 Dried Boletus Mushrooms; OR
  • 1/2 lb Chopped Mushrooms
  • ;Liquid From The Cooked
  • -Mushrooms, Optional
  • 1 qt Beet Kvas; OR
  • 1 ts Sour Salt; Crystalized
  • -Citric Acid If Not Using
  • -Kvas
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Ground Pepper; Or To Taste
  • 2 ts Fresh Dill; Chopped


Soak boletus overnight. Cook in a little water until tender. Cool,
reserving the liquid, and chop finely. Scrub the beets and cut into
quarters. Cover with water and cook over low heat until tender, about 1
to 2 hours. Cool and pour off the liquid, reserving it. Slip off the
peels. (Wear rubber gloves to prevent purple hands.) This may be done a
day in advance. Peel and cut up the other vegetables. Add the bay leaf,
peppercorns, and boletus or mushrooms to the vegetables, with enough water
to cover, and cook, in a large aluminum pot over low heat, until tender.
Strain the beet liquid into the vegetables. Shred the beets in a processor
or on a medium grater, and add. Simmer for about 10 minutes and strain
into a large pot. To keep the broth clear, do not press the begetables.
Add the beet kvas, mushroom liquid, pepper and salt. bring to a gentle
boil, then turn the heat low. Taste, the flavor should be tart, mellow,
and full. For more tartnes, add fresh lemon juice or sour salt. Keeps
well in the refrigerator. Reheat gently; do not overcook or the color
will turn brown. To serve, pour over 3 or 4 vushka (dumplings) in soup
plates and garnish with the fresh dill.


The next recipe in this series will be for Vushka.

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