Ingredients

How to make it

  • Cut the brisket into 4 pieces and add to a large soup pot. Cover with about 4 quarts of water and bring to a boil over high heat, skimming. Add the two halved onions, two halved carrots, parsnip, bay leaf, peppercorns, and pinch of salt.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer until the meat is just tender, about 2.5-3 hours.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°. Wrap the beets individually in foil and bake until tender (about an hour). Let cool slightly, then peel and coarsely grate them.
  • Back to the soup: When done, use a slotted spoon to transfer the brisket to a cutting board. Then cut it into bite-sized pieces. Strain the broth into a bowl, discarding the vegetables. Let the broth cool and skim off any fat.
  • Wipe out the soup pot, add the canola oil and heat on medium. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon and reserve for another use (I used it as a final garnish). Add the chopped onion, shredded carrot, and green pepper and cook over moderate heat until just softened, about 7 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 more minutes. Add the reserved broth, potatoes, tomatoes, apple, and brisket and season generously with salt and pepper. Cover partially and simmer until the potatoes are barely tender, 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderately low, add the beets and cook until the potatoes are very tender, about 30 minutes longer. Stir in the vinegar and sugar and season with salt.
  • In a mortar, pound the garlic, parsley and 1 teaspoon of pepper to a paste; stir into the soup.
  • Serve the borscht in deep bowls and garnish with sour cream, dill, and scallions.
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  • elgourmand 4 years ago
    Very, very nicely done. Hope you don't mind if I steal a copy. Thanks.
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    " It was excellent "
    hungrybear ate it and said...
    Nice
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    " It was excellent "
    gagagrits ate it and said...
    I have made borscht many times and not like this, but it sounds wonderful, and I am putting it on my save list......:)
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    comfort food in a bowl..five forks
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    " It was excellent "
    midgelet ate it and said...
    Oh this is so heavanly, great post ! 5555555 all the way!
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    " It was excellent "
    diannehocut ate it and said...
    What a great post! I love brisket and beets and all that other stuff, too. 5Up

    Dianne
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    " It was excellent "
    terryr ate it and said...
    Looks like a great cold winter day meal!!
    Thanks,
    TerryR
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    " It was excellent "
    valinkenmore ate it and said...
    Wonderful dish!
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    " It was excellent "
    hot_it_up ate it and said...
    Lot of flavors going on in this. Great use of fall veggies. \0

    Jeff
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