The Open Line-2/17/18

posted by Justin Roberts/Doug Wagner -

CLASSIC BORSCHT

Ingredients:

1lb beef, cut into small cubes (Any kind of meat will work, I used stew meat here)

2 teaspoons salt, divided

2 medium carrots

2 medium beets

2 medium potatoes

2 celery ribs

7oz cabbage (about ¼ of medium cabbage)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, pressed

4 tablespoons tomato paste

1 bay leaf

¼ cup parsley, chopped

Sour cream and bread for serving

Directions:

1. In a large pot, add the beef, 1 teaspoon of salt and 10cups of cold water. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat, skimming off the scum for clearer stock. Then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 45 minutes.

2. Grate the carrots and 1 beet on a large grater, and julienne the other beet. I like the different treatments of beets for texture and color.

3. Cube the potatoes and celery into small pieces. Thinly slice the cabbage.

4. Once the stock has been cooking for about 30 minutes, add potatoes and bay leaf.

5. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add grated carrots along with pressed garlic. Sauté the carrots until nice and fragrant. Add beets and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Then stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 8 minutes, stirring frequently.

6. Add sliced cabbage and celery into the stock and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the sautéed vegetables and cook until heated through, about another 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve immediately with sour cream and bread.

QUICK BORSCHT

INGREDIENT

2 cups shredded peeled beets

1cup shredded carrot

1cup chopped onion

3 (14 ounce) cans beef broth

2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage

1 tablespoon butter

salt and pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

sour cream, for doppling

DIRECTIONS

Cook beets, carrots and onion in the 3 cans beef broth for 20 minutes.

Add cabbage and butter, and cook uncovered for about 20 minutes.

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