Growing or Selecting Your Borscht Beets
As soon as the beets leave the garden soil, the kids started requesting home made borscht. The year I planted ‘candy cane’ or Chioggia beets, they were disappointed to learn that they weren’t destined for borscht. Chioggia beets are equally delicious and much less messy than regular beets. I do suspect that they would probably make one strange looking bowl of borscht. After much begging, I finally gave in and bought a bag of red beets from the Farmer’s Market, along with some oh-so-seasonal purple cabbage.
Borscht is Just Not the Same Without Fresh Dill
Finding the fresh dill so late in the season is sometimes an issue. My mother would just shake her head and roll her eyes at me if she was reading this; she has so much dill in her garden! After much searching I ended up finding some fresh dill at the grocery store. While I do prefer fresh dill, I have used dried dill (thanks mom!) in this recipe before and it is still a very tasty soup.
A Late Dinner Means a Lighter Dinner
With all our scheduled family activities, dinners are usually late during the week. Sports are very demanding and it is difficult for the kids to eat a large dinner before all that physical activity. On most days, they just end up having a quick snack when they come home from school. Then we all eat a lighter dinner much later, around 9 pm most nights. Having dinner so late in the late fall and winter complicates taking food photographs. Sigh. It’s almost time to set up the soft light box again.
On borscht nights everyone looks forward to this special treat when they got home. They reminisce about ‘All the Borscht’s they’ve loved before’ and discuss them all on the ride home. They all agree that they prefer their borscht chunky with a thin broth, just like I make it. Borscht doesn’t take much time at all to make so really it is something we should all enjoy more often.
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Go a Beet Crazy with Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
Red Beet and Cabbage Borscht
Red Beet and Cabbage Borscht
- 6 new beets (about 2 inches diameter), peeled and grated
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tomato, diced
- 2 tbsp of water
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar OR juice of ½ lemon
- 2 L of water 3 tbsp 'better than bouillon' or other chicken stock base to add to the boiled water
- 1 tbsp of salt
- 7 new baby red potatoes, thinly sliced
- ½ red cabbage
- bunch of fresh baby dill
- sour cream
- Heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large pot over medium/high heat. Saute onions until translucent. Add grated beets and diced tomatoes.
- Add 2 tbsp of water and vinegar/lemon juice to the vegetables and stir.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 20 min.
- Boil 2 L of water in a kettle. Add the water to the shredded vegetables after they have been simmering for 20 min.
- Bring to a boil and add 1 tbsp of salt and bouillon.
- Add sliced potatoes and shredded cabbage to the soup and cook for 10 minutes.
- Finally add baby dill to the soup and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
- Remove borscht from the heat. It is now ready to be served.
- When serving borscht, add sour cream, pepper, and fresh herbs to individual bowls.