Thursday, 17 September 2009

Borscht & Piroshki

We've had a lot of beetroot in our vegetable box recently! And after not getting around to using them for a couple of weeks, I had a lot to try and use up and not all in its first freshness. Which says soup to me.

Paul was very sceptical when I mentioned making borscht. When he has had it before it has been a plain, thick, red puree. Which personally I like, but he doesn't, so I knew it had to be meatier and chunkier and altogether more substantial.

Beef Borscht (serves lots)

1tbs olive oil
150g smoked bacon lardons
500g cubed stewing beef
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1tsp dried dill
1tsp celery seeds
2 bay leaves
3 tbs sherry vinegar
500 ml beef stock
1kg beetroot, peeled and chopped
salt & pepper
bunch of parsley
sour cream to serve

In a very large saucepan, brown the lardons and beef in the olive oil. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic, herbs, beef stock, vinegar and beetroot. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer on a low heat for about 3 hours or until everything is tender and delicious. Correct the seasoning, stir in a bunch of chopped parsley and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

I also decided to make some mushroom piroshki following this recipe but the pastry was such a bastard to work with that I lost patience and ended up only making a few. But the hot little mushroom pies were absolutely delicious, and worked very well with the earthy beef and beetroot flavour of the borscht.

11 comments:

ARLENE said...

I remember making piroshki years ago after a dinner at the Russian Tearoom. They were delicious, as I recall, and yours, with the borscht, look incredible.

kat said...

The Eastern European in me really wants that meal! There is nothing like a really good borscht

A Year on the Grill said...

I agree with Paul about thick plain and purree... But this looks terrific.

I just found your blog, but it looks very good

Johanna said...

Ah, I like my borscht chunkier too. I never understood whether beetroot is a summer or winter vegetable though!

Foodycat said...

Arlene - one day I will go to the Russian Tearoom!

Kat - I am glad the Eastern European in you approves!

Year on the Grill - thanks for stopping by!

Johanna - winter I think, although it always seems to be around.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I like mine chunky too - great idea to meat it up for him!

Rachel said...

Those mushroom piroshki look very tasty, despite their troublesome nature. Another lovely food adventure.

Foodycat said...

Natashya - I think chunky and meaty is definitely the way to go.

Rachel - they were! But so unworkable.

Esi said...

I've never had borscht, but since I recently discovered I like beets, it's something I want to try. I love the color of it.

Debinhawaii said...

Looks like a delicious and hearty meal!

Foodycat said...

Esi - if you like beetroot I think you will like it!

Deb - it sure was!

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