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Old 06-29-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Vegetarian borscht!!

Trying to reduce my meat intake I have started cooking some vegetarian dishes. Mainly soups so far. The potato soup and the vegetable soups were great but the Borscht!! now that was really something..

I placed some butter in a heavy pot, melted it down and added chopped leeks, I dropped in some shredded carrots and chopped celery. Sauteed those while I ran the peeled beets through the food processor. Put the beets in with the other veggies and poured in organic vegetable stock, salt, pepper, a little Tony's cajun seasoning, a couple tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, a little soul food seasoning a little fresh basil. Brought it up to a boil and let it simmer for 2 hours.

Served with a dollop of sour cream..wow, fantastic! It's the first time I made borscht but it won't be the last!!!

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Old 06-29-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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extra good with reduced balsamic drizzled over the sour cream...
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:50 PM   #3
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Sorry, what you made may had beets, but that's No Borscht. Nothing personal.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:29 PM   #4
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There are as many ways to make borscht as there are cooks... maybe it's not how YOU or your neighbors make it, Charlie.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:32 AM   #5
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There are as many ways to make borscht as there are cooks... ...

I will agree about this part, but there are still basic things that go into borscht making. For that to be borscht.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:45 AM   #6
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authentic borscht recipes - Google Search
here are some varieties...
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:22 PM   #7
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my tongue has holes in it.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:34 PM   #8
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Listen you can call it whatever you want, in all the truth it doesn't matter, and I should have not started with this.

A side note whenever somebody calles their version of Borscht authentic, that is a clear sign to stay away from such a recipe.

Name doesn't matter, what matters is the taste.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:39 PM   #9
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check out the links... there are plenty of great, authentic borscht recipes listed. There are special ones for Christmas Eve, as well as regional specialties, which are quite varied.
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Gosh, I tried to appologies, ok in my own, not very obvious way, but I did.

What advise, you like what you made. You do not need my advise. What I make is my version of Ukranian borscht, definitely not authentic. My recipe is in Ukranian recipe thread. Here is the link:

http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...tml#post145079
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Perhaps we can simply agree that there are many kinds of Borscht.

I spent some time in Russia and Ukriane and found that it was really variable.. That said, it almost all had meat or meat stock in it and a lot of it had something called sourovetz which is a fermented buckwheat bread slurry that both thickens and flavors the soup. I note in the OP mentions Worcestershire sauce.. most brands are made from anchovies although there are a few veggie versions out there.
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Yep, I've read about the "souring" of the soup by using buckwheat, or other grains. Here's an interesting link for a Christmas Eve borscht, which typically contains no meat (from what I've read).
Christmas Eve borsch and uszka
and like I said earlier, there are as many ways to make borscht as there are cooks!
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Good thing thihs is not russian/ukranian forum, by now there would be 300 + posts insisting that their borscht is the real borscht and everything else is a parody.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:35 PM   #14
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Not a problem Charlie... there are thousands of Borscht recipes. Call it beet soup if you must. It was still based around beets, and was very good..
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All I know is that ANYTHING Jeff makes is on my good list. Thanks for the recipe Jeff!!! Did you serve it hot or cold?
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All I know is that ANYTHING Jeff makes is on my good list. Thanks for the recipe Jeff!!! Did you serve it hot or cold?
Thanks..
I served it hot. Lots of beets!!!

A true vegetarian friend of mine loved it. She is small and had 2 BIG bowls!
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