August 5, 2009

Family Recipe: Borscht

Today's recipe is courtesy of My Mother-in-Law and prepared by none other than My Husband! You see, there are some things that I leave to My Husband to prepare because they are his "thing".
The weather has finally begun to act like summer here so, cold soup is quite refreshing. So, last weekend when I went to the grocery store I was given a list of ingredients to purchase which included beets and beef stock.

Normally, I leave the whole process to My Husband, but this time he suggested that we use my pressure coooker for steaming the beets. This was the first time I used my pressure cooker for this, and it was really quite simple. Steaming by "traditional" methods will take about 45-50 minutes. So, if you have a pressure cooker, by all means use it!
From Family, Friends and Food
Both of Our Boys tried the Borscht tonight! I love that they are adventurous enough to try things that may not look as they expect. My Oldest LOVED it, and preferred it with a dollop of sour cream mixed in. He said it reminded him of winter because it was so cold and creamy (he worked very hard at mixing his sour cream into the soup). My Youngest, not so much, but that's to be expected from him. It's really nice to share favorite dishes My Husband and I have loved with Our Boys.
From Family, Friends and Food
Since this is a recipe My Husband grew up eating, I'm submitting it to the monthly round-up of Family Recipes hosted by HoneyB of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's HoneyBunch and Laura of The Spiced Life. Be sure to visit their blogs at the end of the month to see the full round-up of family recipes!

Source: MomK & My Husband


  • 6 beets
  • 1-2 teaspoons Red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 48 oz. beef broth (or vegetable broth)


  1. Steam the beets. I used the pressure cooker to do this, and cooked at high pressure for 20 minutes. Allow the beets to cool. When cool enough to handle, put on rubber gloves and peel them.
  2. Shred the beets using a food processor (if you don't have one, you can do this by hand). Add the beets and all ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes. You want the beets to be soft.
  3. Pour into a large tupperware and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be served with a dollop of sour cream.

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Lynda said...

I've never eaten this but, I like the ingredients,and your husbands dish looks beautiful! So nice of him to cook!

Finsmom said...

So nice to see family recipes :)

Eve said...

Interesting. I've never been attracted to the idea of cold soup but I love beets. I might give this one a go!

Chef E said...

I learned a great appreciation for this dish when I took over my cafe and they already had this on the menu, so I left it...we served it warm, but I bet it tastes even better cold!

Mary Ellen said...

My grandmother used to make this but I don't have her recipe. Thanks for sharing this!

Deborah said...

I've never been a big beet fan, but maybe this would change my mind.

EAT! said...

I love beets and any recipe that includes them. Even better when someone else is in the kitchen helping out!

Also happy to see the boys giving the soup a try. I do so love adventure.

Laura said...

Perfect submission! Thanks for playing! I love borscht so I may give this a try. :)

HoneyB said...

Thanks for submitting Patsy! I love that your boys were adventuresome and tried the borscht! I am loving the color!

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