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Beef Borscht

eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
edited 7:47AM in EggHead Forum
I roasted some beets about a week ago while cooking a turkey breast. I used them to make a rustic borscht with beef last week.

The roasting beets:

The ingredients, except for the beets, vinegar, and brown sugar.

After browning the meat and sauteeing the leeks and carrots, the cabbage, roasted beets, red wine vinegar, brown sugar were added to the dutch oven:

After adding beef stock,I brought it to a near boil, then barely simmered for 3 hours. I then emptied it into a lasagne pan to cool quickly in the fridge while I cleaned the dutch oven. I transferred the soup back to the dutch oven and took it over to my mother's house where we reheated the borscht and served with pretzel rolls and a dollop of sour cream. No dill, it went to seed already.


Nadia was so close and yet so far, lol.


  • You are the queen of the DO. That looks fabulous!
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,894
    Never had that, but looks real good. :)
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Beautiful meal Rebecca, but watch out for Beeturia. :ohmy: It can take your breath away. :laugh: ;)
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Bless you :laugh: :laugh: Delicious!!! like the croissants holding "hands"
  • beautiful .i am inspired . hope i have time to get to the farmers market for beets this saturday.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Thanks Faith. :) I assume you are still recovering from 3 eggfests within a month,lol.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Mickey, try it, you'll like it! Beets are good for you. :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Mark, I found out first hand about beeturia about 17 years ago. I'd eaten alot of beets and noticed pink urine. I mentioned this at the doctors dining table and was informed about beeturia.....there are some things I didn't learn in school.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Beli, clean your glasses young man....that is a giant soft pretzel!!!!! B) :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Thanks for the blessing this morning! :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    bill, it was good. :) This was a rather rustic borscht. Next time, I'll cut the beef cubes smaller (I just bought stew meat already cut and was too lazy to cut it further) or I might egg and slightly smoke a chuck roast instead, then cube the chuck. If I do the later though I'll sacrifice the fond which I would hate to do. Trade off, trade offs. I'll also add the beets later....the color really washed out of them into the broth.
  • Rebecca, you are correct. It's tough attending 3 eggfests in a month, and traveling for all. No wonder I am so tired. And the recuperation time is hell.
    That looks wonderful Rebecca! I have never had it either but I love beets and rarely have them. LOL, I have never had Beeturia before either! I had to look that one up. It's amazing what you can learn on this forum! At least now should I ever have it I won't panic and think it is something serious. :lol:


  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Blair, I've learned so much on this forum about so many interesting, as well as, arcane things. Now, if I could just teach me eveything you know about photography I would be about to post decent pics! :)
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Giant...soft & pretzel mmmmm??? :ohmy: I have a definite cultural barrier with that... :P Tortillas are easier to tell :silly:
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Beli, it's a German thing. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Don't ask me why I'm mixing Russian Broscht with German pretzels.....but it's a good combo.
    Hahaha, photography is like cooking, don't make it any more complicated then it needs to be. Now being a Doctor, THAT'S scary!


  • How do you folks come up with this stuff??? That is the one thing I want to be able to do. Is make a recipe that is my creation. I have no idea what what works with what especially when it comes to spices.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,885

    Very nice looking meal. It amazes me how many different styles of borscht there are. I do a Polish? one that is just reduced beet stock with garlic and vodka.



    Caledon, ON


  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Eddie, for me it's cultural, I learned to cook around my great grandgrandmama, grandmother, mother, and sister. It helps that our family gatherings are centered around food. Now that my great grandmama and grandmother are deceased, my nieces and nephews cook with me. Although I have tons of cookbooks, I learned the basics from our matriarchs.

    Borscht certainly isn't my creation and there are many forms, some without beef, most use onions intead of leeks, many don't use beef stock....I find most soups are ad libbed based on what you're in the mood for and what you've got in the fridge.

    You might be interested in the book Ratios, by Michael Ruhlman. It gives you some fundamental ratios for the basis of many dishes that you can modify.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Steven...........of course your version has vodka, you didn't need to tell me that, it's a given! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Looks awsome Rebecca :)
    A friend has been loading us up with beets and we have been feeding them to the dogs(good fall tonic)
    Will have to set some aside for this :)
    Thanks for the post

  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Shane, I wish you lived near me, I'd take those beets off your hands. I'd eat them roasted, pickled in vinegar, shaved raw with a little horseradish and goat cheese, in a vinaigrette with oranges.....
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    You never said what dinner was! It looks fantastic! I think Nadia has the right idea. :laugh:
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Todd, Funny how Nadia has a knack for knowing where the food is.....just like me! :)
  • That is mightyfine

    Sent you an email - bet it went to your junk mail

    Also left a voicemail - I think

    Time sensitive material is involved :)
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Rebecca, I feel lucky to call you my friend, you are out of my class on these recipes :ohmy:
  • Boss HoggBoss Hogg Posts: 1,377
    Rebecca, I love soup, and that looks really good. Beeturia????? Sounds like just the recipe to try at deer camp this year! :P ;) :woohoo: :evil:
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Frank, I got your email. Yippeeeeee!!!!!! :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Now, now Captain, I seem to recall recently spending several hours with you and PattyO discussing recipes during lunch and I've seen your posts. I know a good egger when I see one! :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Brian, you are just awful......associating my borscht to animal urine, lol. I have to chuckle when I think of all the types of urine you can buy to apply for hunting. You guys will do almost anything for a buck. :laugh:
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