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Cold Beet Borscht

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Recipe

Beets for this refreshing cold soup were sometimes finely diced, other times coarsely grated. We liked best whichever we were being served, and I still alternate, indiscriminately.

Yield: Yield: 1 to 1 ½ quarts

Ingredients

  • 3 large or 4 medium fresh beets
  • Juice of 1 ½ lemons, approximately
  • Salt
  • Pinch of sour salt (optional)
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 extra-large whole eggs or 4 yolks
  • Pinch of sugar, if needed
  • White pepper to taste

Garnishes:

  • Sour cream and (optional) boiled potatoes

Directions

Wash and peel the beets and cut into fine dice or grate on the coarse side of a grater. Place in a saucepan with the juice of ½ lemon, a pinch each of salt and sour salt, and the 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the beets are tender, about 40 minutes. Add the juice of another ½ lemon. Remove from heat.

Using whole eggs results in a creamier, thicker borscht, but it is much trickier to add the hot beet soup to the whole eggs without having them coagulate. If you feel inexperienced with this process, use just the yolks. In either case, beat the eggs with a fork until they are thin and watery. Slowly ladle some of the hot borscht into the eggs, beating constantly. When all the egg mixture is beaten into the soup, pour the soup back and forth between the pot and a bowl or pitcher about 10 or 15 times until the mixture is smooth, airy, and creamy. Halfway through, add more lemon juice to produce a winey effect; add a tiny pinch of sugar, if necessary, and salt and white pepper as needed. Continue pouring to blend. Chill thoroughly.

It is best to add sour cream shortly before serving so that the borscht will keep longer. The sour cream can simply be served on the side, to be spooned in at the table. Or you can add sour cream (about 1 heaping tablespoon per cupful of borscht) to the soup in a jar. Close tightly and shake vigorously to blend. Fluffy, dry, hot boiled potato is wonderful in the middle of this ice-cold soup.

Notes

Canned beets can also be used for this soup with excellent if slightly less flavorful results. Use whole beets even though you will dice or grate them, as they have more taste and better color. For the above recipe use a 1-pound can of whole beets. Dice or grate. Cook for 10 minutes in a combination of their own canning liquid plus 1 ½ cans of water, to make a total of 4 cups of liquid. Proceed with the recipe as described above.


© 1979, 1991 by Mimi Sheraton
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings, includes 1/2 teaspoon of added salt, but does not include garnishes.

47kcal (2%)
17mg (2%)
7mg (12%)
27mcg RAE (1%)
173mg
12mg
3g
3g
1g
5g
79mg (26%)
252mg (11%)
1g (3%)
2g (3%)
1mg (4%)
 

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