I like to simmer the beef and bacon for up to 6 hours, then let sit overnight in the broth to cool. Skim the excess fat and cut the meats into bite-size pieces. Re-heat, adding the beets, cabbage, onions, leeks, and sausage. I don't think that the carrots are necessary or add anything to the recipe. I've added several varieties of sausage to give added flavors but the milder Polish sausages seem to go better with the soft and sweet flavors of the beets. Serve with fresh bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
2 hrs 10 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
10 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine 1/2 cup of the beets, the vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl; refrigerate, covered, overnight. Refrigerate remaining beets.

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  • Place beef, water, bacon, salt, peppercorns, parsley sprigs, marjoram, and dill seeds (or basil leaves) in Dutch oven. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, simmer, partially covered, over medium heat until beef is tender (about 2 hours).

  • Discard parsley sprigs. Add 3 cups beets, the cabbage, leeks, onions, carrot, and sausage; simmer, covered, over low heat 30 minutes.

  • To serve, remove beef, bacon, and sausage; cut into 2-inch pieces. Return meats and reserved beet mixture to Dutch oven. Sprinkle with snipped dill. Pass sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

482 calories; protein 21.8g 44% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; fat 37.4g 58% DV; cholesterol 92.7mg 31% DV; sodium 1499.2mg 60% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
No need to precook the beets. Shred them and cook directly in the meat stock. Also leave out the bacon to make it lower in fat. I aaded somne vegetable stock to make the stock richer in flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2013
I tried this because I have a borscht recipe that I love, but my SO doesn't like, so I hoped that a "with meat" option might appeal to him more. As a soup the flavor was ok, but it was not actually very borschty. It looks red but lacks the deep earthy back of the beet flavor that my favorite recipe has. The sheer quantity of meat in this version overwhelms the vegetables (3.5 lbs meat versus 1 carrot!). I would give this recipe 4 stars on flavor but the actual writing of the recipe is confusing and the ingredient list misleading. The list doesn't mention that you can substitute dried basil (easy to find) for the dill seed (impossible to find), nor does the recipe mention that you should serve it with sour cream until the final step. If it isn't in the ingredient list it doesn't end up in my grocery cart! The only thing I'm taking from this is the idea to add leeks and a small amount of sausage to my old borscht recipe. Maybe 1 lb of meat. 3.5 lbs of meat in something that isn't a chili is just way too much. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
No need to precook the beets. Shred them and cook directly in the meat stock. Also leave out the bacon to make it lower in fat. I aaded somne vegetable stock to make the stock richer in flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
Finally I've found the perfect receipe for old fashion "Borscht"!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2010
I tried this against a Borscht recipe from a Russian friend of my mother's; a family classic from eons ago. I changed a few things to my liking (more broth less bacon and sausage). Even mom likes this one better. Thanks Robert! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
This was really good and tasty eventhough I also left the bacon out. Even my husband who thinks he hates beets loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2003
My husand loved this recipe kids didn't really like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2005
Terrific! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
this recipe is easy to make and really great tasting! I would also be great to add deer sausage or pepperoni. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2010
THE best borscht I've ever had! Probably better than Grandma made. Friends and family enthusiastically "beet" a path to my house to join in for my annual Borscht Feast. I round up the quantities in the recipe for the meat and veggies. Everyone raves this dish. Great Job Robert. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2013
I tried this because I have a borscht recipe that I love, but my SO doesn't like, so I hoped that a "with meat" option might appeal to him more. As a soup the flavor was ok, but it was not actually very borschty. It looks red but lacks the deep earthy back of the beet flavor that my favorite recipe has. The sheer quantity of meat in this version overwhelms the vegetables (3.5 lbs meat versus 1 carrot!). I would give this recipe 4 stars on flavor but the actual writing of the recipe is confusing and the ingredient list misleading. The list doesn't mention that you can substitute dried basil (easy to find) for the dill seed (impossible to find), nor does the recipe mention that you should serve it with sour cream until the final step. If it isn't in the ingredient list it doesn't end up in my grocery cart! The only thing I'm taking from this is the idea to add leeks and a small amount of sausage to my old borscht recipe. Maybe 1 lb of meat. 3.5 lbs of meat in something that isn't a chili is just way too much. Read More
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