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Christmas Eve Beet Soup
(Barszcz Wigilijny)
What You Need:
  • 3 ounces imported European dried mushrooms, preferably dried Polish mushrooms
  • 4 cups boiling water

  • 2½ pounds medium-sized firm young beets, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon strained fresh lemon juice

  • How To Cook:
    1. Place the mushrooms in a 2- to 3-quart enameled or stainless-steel saucepan and pour the boiling water over them. Let them soak at room temperature for at least 2 hours.

    2. Then place the pan over high heat and bring the soaking water to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 2 hours, or until the liquid is reduced to ½ cup.

    3. Drain the stock through a fine sieve set over a bowl and set the mushrooms aside to be used, if you like, for uszka, the tiny dumplings usually served with this soup. Reserve the stock.

    4. Meanwhile, in a 3- to 4-quart enameled or stainless-steel saucepan, bring the grated beets and 5 cups of cold water to a boil over high heat.

    5. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to low, stir in the vinegar and 2 teaspoons of salt, and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes.

    6. Strain the beet stock through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing down hard on the beets with the back of a spoon to extract all their juice before discarding them.

    7. Return the beet stock to the saucepan in which it cooked, add the reserved mushroom stock, ½ teaspoon of salt, the sugar and lemon juice, and bring to a boil over high heat.

    8. Taste for seasoning and serve at once, accompanied, if you like, by uszka.
    Serving Size: 4
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    Cuisine » Europe » Poland
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Beet
    Dish » Soup


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