However a few months ago I had my first taste of fresh beets, lightly steamed and tastefully scattered over a spring salad. Redness! Sweetness! Delicious softness! I was charmed.
The story gets better. Last week I received three beets in my weekly CSA veggie and fruit delivery. (This summer I signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture share through New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. For a whopping $55 I get to share a small delivery of weekly produce from local farms in Massachusetts.) As you can imagine, I was excited to receive these three friendly beets, and even more joyous with the beautiful pot of soup that soon followed.
(The kale and chives are from the CSA share too!)Ukranian Red Borscht Soup
Modified from Original recipe at Allrecipes.com
1 package (16 oz) chicken sausage
3 medium Beets
1 cup baby carrots, sliced
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1 cup chopped kale (originally cabbage)
1 (8oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon white sugar, to taste
Top with plain nonfat yogurt (original recipes calls for sour cream)
Garnish with minced chives (original recipe calls for parsley)
- Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Remove and set aside.
- Fill large pot halfway with water (about 2 quarts). Bring to boil. Add sausage. Add beets, and cook until half-way soft.
- Add carrots and potatoes. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add kale. Add diced tomatoes.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender. Stir in tomato paste and water to blend with onions. Transfer to the pot.
- Add raw chopped garlic to the soup. Cover and turn off heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Taste and season with salt, pepper, and sugar.
- Garnish with plain yogurt and fresh chives.
I dedicate this recipe to my dear childhood friend Ashley. From my earliest memories in grade school, she has been a faithful beet fan, a remarkable charateristic that I never appreciated until recently. Hey Ash, I've finally converted! I can't wait to eat some beets with you.
What do you think about beet soup?