ROOT VEGETABLE BORSCHT

After tasting a root vegetable borscht at Dano's Heuriger I resurrected this delicious root vegetable soup that I now call borscht. I also added the chopped beet stalks and greens when I added the beets.

After tasting a root vegetable borscht at Dano's Heuriger I resurrected this delicious root vegetable soup that I now call borscht. I also added the chopped beet stalks and greens when I added the beets.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 beets (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 parsnips, diced
  • 1/2 lb rutabaga, peeled and diced
  • 6 cups water or vegetable stock
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or thick yogurt
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives or fresh dill

Method

  1. Wrap whole, unpeeled beets in a single layer in foil and roast in a preheated 400F oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until tender. Cool, rub off skins and dice.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan and add onions and garlic. Cook, without browning until tender - about 5 minutes. Add carrots, parsnips and rutabaga. Cook about 3 minutes.
  3. Add water and some salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently 15 minutes.
  4. Add cooked beets and cook 10 minutes longer. Season to taste.
  5. Garnish each bowl of soup with a spoonful of sour cream or yogurt and a sprinkling of chives or dill.

ROOT VEGETABLE BORSCHT

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