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Freezing Rain = Pot Of Borscht


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This shitty weather makes me.....want COMFORT FOOD! Comfort Food = Borscht!

* 6 cups low sodium veggie stock

* 3/4 tablespoon salt

* 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots

* 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper, divided

* 1/2 stalk celery, chopped

* 1 medium beet

* 1/2 cup canned peeled and diced tomatoes

* 3 potatoes, quartered

* 1/3 cup butter

* 1/2 cup chopped onion

* 1 1/2 cups canned tomatoes

* 3 cups finely shredded cabbage, divided

* 1/4 cup heavy cream

* 3/4 cup diced potatoes

* 1 tablespoon dried dill weed

* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper to taste

* salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Place stock, salt, carrots, 1/2 of the bell pepper, celery, beet, tomatoes, and quartered potatoes in a large stock pot over high heat. Bring to a boil.

2. Melt 1/3 cup butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Saute onions in butter until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove 1/2 cup of sauce from skillet, and set aside. Stir half of the cabbage into the skillet with remaining sauce, and continue simmering 5 minutes more, or until tender.

3. Remove beet from boiling liquid and discard. Remove potatoes with a slotted spoon or tongs, and place in a bowl with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and the cream. Mash together until smooth.

4. Return the 1/2 cup of reserved onion-tomato sauce to the stock pot. Stir in diced potatoes, and simmer until just tender but still firm, approximately 5 minutes. Increase heat to a low boil, and stir in remaining cabbage, tomato sauce, and mashed potatoes. Reduce heat and simmer a few minutes more. Stir in remaining bell pepper, season with black pepper, and serve.


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