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Borscht with Meat (From Slow Food, 11-12/03)

Category
soup
Source
Joe George
Prep Time
3 1/2 hours
Number of Servings
makes 3 quarts
Ingredients
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound beef stew meat, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1/2 head small head of cabbage, shredded
1 clove garlic
5-6 fresh beets, peeled and diced
8 cups beef broth
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh dill, minced
Directions

Heat the oil in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat and add the beef. Sear the meat on all sides, remove it from the pot and set aside. In the same soup pot, add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic and cabbage; saute the vegetables 5 minutes. Add the seared beef back to the pot along with the beets, beef broth, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil; skim any scum that may rise to the surface then lower the heat to a slow simmer. Cook the soup slowly for 2-3 hours. Stir in the dill; cook the soup an additional 10 minutes. Serve the soup in warm soup plates, and, if desired, stir a dollop of sour cream into each cup.