Green Borscht

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green borschtSeveral 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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Green Borscht
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Course Main Dish, Soups
Cuisine
Cuisine Ukrainian
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
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Course
Course Main Dish, Soups
Cuisine
Cuisine Ukrainian
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
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green borscht
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Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. When potatoes are cool, peel and chop loosely.  Chop pork into bite-size pieces.  
  3. Spray a large pan with canola oil and gently sauté onion, carrots and celery over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach, potatoes and pork along with 8 cups of water.
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  5. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  7.   Top with chopped hard-boiled eggs and fresh dill, if desired.
Recipe Notes

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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).

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