Borscht, I declare as a cultural phenom.  Borscht is a soup or even a stew loaded with vegetables.  It is loaded with flavor, and because of all the vegetables it is rich in nutrients.  The dish itself is a great option for both Vegan and Meat lovers alike.  Classically it is topped with sour cream and dill for garnish.  

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What is Borscht?

Ahh the $80.00 question. What is Borscht? Borscht has as many varieties maybe as many as there are makes of automobiles.  The key main ingredients seem to be beets, sour cream, potato, and dill.  This would be the classic version anyway.  The classic version of this soup wouldn't have vinegar, it would use fermented beets.  This would give that acidity that the vinegar that is added provides.  The vinegar also aids in keeping the beets bright and colorful

So often the vegetables are shredded or grated.  This allows for a quick cooking potato, or beet. In my recipe, I have cooked potato in stock, blended it in stock, thinned it out with stock, added vinegar, blended cooked beets to comprise a flavorful satisfying base for this Borscht.

Traditionally Meat is often used in the stock to build flavor. This is done by using bones rendered into a broth or meat that is cooked in liquid and then using this broth for the stock base.  Visit us on our Recipes page for other stock recipes..

vegetarian borscht with yogurt and dill

Vegetarian Borscht with Yogurt and Dill

In this recipe, I have prepared the components going into the recipe in a small dice fashion in efforts to make it appealing to eat.  Shredded vegetables serve some. Some folks may offer that the diced vegetables have no purpose in borscht.  If you are one of those you will not like this recipe.

I make the stock, thickened broth seperate and keep to the side.  To finish I take the remaining diced ingredients and sautee them together with salt and pepper and more dill until the vegetables are tender.  I made a version with kielbasa and cubed that up and sauteed it with the vegetables and beans here.  Then place in a bowl and add the thickened stock on top of them.  Garnish with dill and either sour cream or fage 0% fat and sugar yogurt. (This provides for a creamy addition without the element of fat or sugar added) 

How to make your Borscht Vegan

Borscht vegan? Absolutely, borscht is a wonderful vegan dish.  The way borscht is made it is layered with lots of flavors.  The creamy richness of potato, onions, garlic, carrots, vinegar, and beets.  I am always looking for vegan ideas that I can enjoy either as vegan or with meat.  This was an easy dish that transcends the likes of both the vegan and the meat eater.

When I made this dish I built the stock as a vegan.  I used vegetable stock and made a potato stock which also gave some body to the soup and creaminess.  This also makes it more filling.  

Once this was done I blended some roasted beets directly into the thickened stock and then thinned it out more with vegetable stock. There is still no meat in this dish to this point.

If you follow the recipe, I sauteed diced cabbage, onions, potato until they were tender.  I added diced roasted beets and white navy beans.  I seasoned with salt and pepper and more dill.  

These items were placed in a bowl with the thickened stock on top, garnished with dill.  Still delicious, you could also garnish with navy beans.

vegan Borscht with Dill

Vegan Borscht with Dill

Borscht Hot or Cold?

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Borscht here is served hot. The recipes that I have developed are not ones that would be served cold. A cold soup is created with the intention of serving it cold. The flavors need to be adjusted for serving it cold, tasted and adjusted when the soup is cold. The flavor of a hot soup will not be the same taste when eaten cold.

The qualities and characteristics for a cold soup need to be built more boldly because heat typically enhances flavors. Borscht can be eaten as a cold soup. A Typical Cold Borscht soup would be fermented beet juice combined with cream or some form of yogurt, kefir might be an option or blended greek yogurt served over cucumber, eggs, radishes, green onion. Garnish with chives.

This pink creamy soup would have the classic sweet and sour flavors known with Borscht.

White Borscht

A white borscht doesn't likely have beets in it. White borscht will typically have a sour taste, likely from vinegar or something similar. It is important to understand that fermentation was a big part of food prior to modern refrigeration. Some pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut were all the product of things starting to spoil and it was learned ways to make them enjoyable.

Sauerkraut and kimchi are both preserved cabbage in different forms. The items were made and would hold through the winter or until the product was gone. The flavors of these items are distinct and yet vary based on the recipes used to make them. It is important to understand this in borscht because this is the tradition of how the sweet and sour flavors, sour particularly come from.

In white borscht the soup will have that sour taste, that traditionaly would come from some fermentation process that was used as part of the recipe creation. White borscht would likely have this sour enhanced broth that would be served over some meat, maybe sausage, vegetables, maybe even hard boiled eggs.

The broth would be a clear or clowdy broth, however, it wouldn't contain beets as in a classic beet borscht.

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Borscht

This dish is very magical, it can be vegan, gluten-free, very filling, you can add meat as well
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
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Servings: 12
Calories: 263kcal

Ingredients

Stock

  • 6 oz onion peeled, diced
  • 4 ea garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 1 tbsp dill fresh, chopped fine
  • 4 cups potato chef potatoes, peeled sliced or grated
  • 2 cups beets roasted, peeled, sliced or raw shredded or grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cups stock for vegan or vegetarian use vegetable base, for others: beef, pork or chicken work well
  • oz cider vinegar

Auxiliary Elements (Items that go into the stock)

  • 1 cup cabbage diced fine
  • 1 cup carrots small dice
  • 3 oz onion spanish or vidalia, peeled, small dice
  • cups potato peeled, small dice, keep in water until needed
  • 1 tbsp dill fresh, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper fresh ground
  • 15 oz beans navy beans
  • 1 cup beet roasted wrapped in foil at 400 until fork tender 60 minutes or so, cooled, peeled, small dice

Meat

  • 1 lb kielbasa cubed in 1/2 to 3/4 inch chunks

Garnish

  • 1 each dill 1 small sprig of dill, per oz cup of soup

Dairy

  • 8 tbsp Sour Cream You can use sour cream, for vegan don't use sour cream or ygurt Fage 0% yogurt works really well in this dish, adds a creamy texture without added fat

Instructions

Stock

  • In a stockpot add onion, sliced potato, 1 oz oil, sautee for 5 minutes
    saute onion
  • Add 4 cups of stock that you are using, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, simmer for 10 minutes
    garlic, onion, potato saute
  • Once potatoes are tender, blenderize with an immersion blender or add to blender or food processor, blend to smooth
    borscht base of potato
  • Add additional 4 cups of stock, add chopped dill,
  • Add 2.5 oz cider vinegar to the sauce
  • Add the sliced, cooked beets (if using shredded beets add to potatoes while cooking), and blenderize the mixture again, if using soon, keep hot
    borscht soup base

Auxiliary Elements

  • Saute onions, cabbage, potatoes in saute pan for 5 - 10 minutes, until carrots and potatoes are tender. If Using cooked meat it should be added in this part of the recipe
    kielbasa borscht
  • Add 1 Tbsp dill, salt, and pepper to taste, stir
    season auxiliary element
  • Once the above items are tender, add beans, and diced cooked beets
    Beet Borscht

Garnish

  • In a bowl place 6 oz of a hot vegetable mixture, top with 8 oz hot stock
  • Garnish with 2 tablespoons Sour Cream, and a sprig of dill
    vegetarian borscht with yogurt and dill
Nutrition Facts
Borscht
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 1100mg48%
Potassium 604mg17%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 2197IU44%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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