Borscht with Meat

Borscht with Meat

by Carolyn Harvey 1 year ago
4.8 (9)
2 hours
482.2 kcal
14.8 g carbs
Description

I like to simmer the beef and bacon for up to 6 hours, then let sit overnight in the broth to cool. Skim the excess fat and cut the meats into bite-size pieces. Re-heat, adding the beets, cabbage, onions, leeks, and sausage. I don't think that the carrots are necessary or add anything to the recipe. I've added several varieties of sausage to give added flavors but the milder Polish sausages seem to go better with the soft and sweet flavors of the beets. Serve with fresh bread.

Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds beets, boiled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 pound lean beef chuck
  • 2 quarts water
  • ½ pound bacon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons dill seed
  • 1 pound shredded cabbage
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 pounds Polish sausage
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed
Directions
  1. 1. Combine 1/2 cup of the beets, the vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl; refrigerate, covered, overnight. Refrigerate remaining beets.
  2. 2. Place beef, water, bacon, salt, peppercorns, parsley sprigs, marjoram, and dill seeds (or basil leaves) in Dutch oven. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, simmer, partially covered, over medium heat until beef is tender (about 2 hours).
  3. 3. Discard parsley sprigs. Add 3 cups beets, the cabbage, leeks, onions, carrot, and sausage; simmer, covered, over low heat 30 minutes.
  4. 4. To serve, remove beef, bacon, and sausage; cut into 2-inch pieces. Return meats and reserved beet mixture to Dutch oven. Sprinkle with snipped dill. Pass sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
serving: 12 servings
calories: 482.2 kcal
carbohydrates: 14.8 g
protein: 21.8 g
saturated fat: 13.5 g
cholesterol: 92.7 mg
sodium: 1499.2 mg
fiber: 3.9 g
sugar: 6.9 g