Borscht is a traditional Russian and Ukrainian hot soup that is made with beef, beets and cabbage. It is popular in many Eastern European countries, and each country has its own recipe. This recipe is how my grandma used to cook.
Check my other soups on this website!
Beets and beef borscht
- 1 1/2 pound slice of bone-in beef shank (with a lot of meat)
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- 15 cups water cold
- 3 medium potatoes peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 medium carrots peeled and shredded
- 3 medium beets peeled and shredded
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 300 gr cabbage (about 1/2 small cabbage) shredded
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- In the large pot, add the beef, one bay leaf, 2 teaspoons of salt and cold water. Bring to a boil.
- Carefully remove the scum with a slotted spoon, or you can strain it and then start fresh with clean meat and clean water. Bring it to a boil one more time, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 50 minutes.
- While your meat is cooking, get your veggies ready.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots along with onion and sauté until nice and golden.
- Add beets and cook for 4 minutes stirring. Then stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Once the meat is ready, add potatoes. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add sliced cabbage into the stock and cook for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the sautéed vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Stir in parsley and sugar.
- Taste the borscht for flavor. Feel free to add more salt and pepper.
- Serve hot, with sour cream and bread.
Fried cabbage with sausage is so simple but tasty, and the leftovers are tastier than it was the first day. When it comes to sausage, you can’t go wrong with this one. You can use any sausage you like: it can be Italian sausage, Polska kielbasa, smoked sausage, turkey or chicken sausages. Any of them will give a great taste to cabbage. My favorite is Frankfurter sausage.
Fried cabbage with sausage
- 1/2 head cabbage
- 2 carrots large
- 1 onion large
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 5-6 sausages
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 bay leaf optional
- 1/2 cup water
- Cut the cabbage into thick slices.
- Dice onion into the small squares, shred the carrots.
- Slice the sausages.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until lightly brown.
- Add shredded carrots and continue cooking for couple more minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add cabbage and stir well.
- In a few minutes add sausage. Bury the sausages under the cabbage, to get the brown color.
- When the sausages are lightly brown, add salt and pepper, bay leaf, and some water (about 100 ml), mix well. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet with lid and simmer for about 10 minutes. Mix every 2-3 minutes.
- Once cooked, add fresh herbs and serve.
For my version of pickled cabbage, cabbage and carrots are marinated with vinegar. This is an easy recipe and ready to eat the next day!
- 3-4 lb cabbage
- 3-4 carrots
- 1 head of garlic
- 4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup 6% vinegar
- Cut, core and shred cabbage finely.
- Peel the carrots and grate.
- Peel the garlic and cut each clove into 4 pieces.
- Place vegetables in a mason jar.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot, boil water with salt, sugar and olive oil. Remove from the heat and add vinegar.
- Pour hot marinade over the cabbage and let it cool completely.
- Cover with tight lid and store it in the refrigerator. Cabbage will be ready in 12 hours.