Several years ago I had a series of conversations with my friend Nataliia about Ukrainian foods. Borscht is one dish that came up on several occasions — both traditional style and this version, Green Borscht. I had never heard of this version of borscht. I have always thought of it as a specific type of soup always made with beets. It turns out that borscht can take on different flavors and be made from different ingredients.
What is borscht?
Larousse Gastronomique, a culinary encyclopedia, defines borscht (borsch) as “a beetroot (beet) soup, eaten hot or cold” but also notes that there is a “green borsch made with sorrel, spinach and either loin of pork or oxtail.” In any case, this green borscht makes a wonderful hearty winter meal, and is a good source of vitamin A . If you make it with pork, a serving supplies around 16 grams of protein.
I couldn’t find sorrel in my local markets, so I’ve made this with spinach. If you follow a vegetarian or plant-based eating pattern, you can substitute white beans for the pork.
Here is Nataliia’s recipe…
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|Prep Time||20 minutes|
|Cook Time||2 hours|
- Place washed potatoes (skins on) and pork ribs in large pot filled with water. Boil on medium-high for 40-50 minutes until the potatoes are soft and cooked and pork is done. Remove potatoes and pork from water and set aside to cool.
- When potatoes are cool, peel and chop loosely. Chop pork into bite-size pieces.
- Spray a large pan with canola oil and gently sauté onion, carrots and celery over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.
- Add the spinach, potatoes and pork along with 8 cups of water.
- Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
- Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
- Top with chopped hard-boiled eggs and fresh dill, if desired.
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Nutrition Information: 180 calories per serving. 7 grams fat; 2.5 gram saturated fat; 125 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 15 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams dietary fiber; 16 grams protein (values are approximate).