Green Borscht

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Ukrianian green borscht made with sorrel leaves

Borscht, also spelled borsh or borshch or borsch (and more), traditionally refers to the Ukrainian beetroot soup that is popular in much of Eastern Europe. However there is another popular variation, green borscht, which replaces the earthy red beetroot with fresh and tangy sorrel. I’ve previously used sorrel in my recipe for Sorrel Salmon in the French style, but here I’m giving you another traditional Ukrainian home style recipe.

While there are plenty of ways a Ukrainian would prepare green borscht, this version is actually Alona’s recipe. We’ve been spending the past two weeks in her hometown and her family have been kind enough to teach me all sorts of traditional recipes. Some of my favorites are her grandmother’s liver cake and her mom’s Ukrainian cherry cheesecake.

How To Make Green Borscht

making pork stock for the borscht

The first step in making green borscht is to create the base. While it may not look that appetizing it’s necessary for a rich flavor. In a pot add water and pork ribs, some salt and pepper, and a couple bay leaves, and bring it up to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and let cook for about an hour.

adding potatoes to the soup pot

Once the ribs are sufficiently tender it’s time to add the potatoes. I add in about 500 grams of cubed young potatoes. Raise the heat back to high and let cook for 10 minutes. While this is happening you should hard boil 4-5 eggs.

quick frying grated carrot and onion

In a skillet with a bit of oil quickly fry some grated carrot and onion. I use one carrot and one onion, but you could use more or less depending on taste. Once everything is fried a bit add it to the soup pot.

chopped up hard boiled eggs

Peel and chop the hard boiled eggs you just made and add them to the pot.

In a small bowl beat together one egg and a tablespoon of sour cream. The sour cream we use here in Ukraine is actually called Smetana which is a bit different than the American version, but Daisy will work just fine.

pouring the egg mixture into the swirling green borscht

Give the pot a good swirl and slowly trickle in the egg mixture. In a way it is kind of like making egg drop soup; You want the eggs to cook as soon as they hit the boiling soup and form little strings. This is also a similar method when making Italian Stracciatella.

chopped sorrel leaves in a bag for the green borscht

Chop up a good couple handfulls of sorrel leaves into strips. These are added at the end so they do not get too wilted and lose all their color. Just turn the heat off of the soup, add in the chopped sorrel, give a good stir and voila…green borscht.

green borscht
green borscht soup recipe

Green Borscht

Green borscht is the green counterpart to the popular Ukrainian beetroot borscht. It uses fresh tangy sorrel instead of the earthy beetroot for a popular summertime version of the classic soup.
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Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Eastern European, Ukrainian
Keyword: Borscht, Green Borscht, Sorrel Soup, Soup Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 242kcal
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Pot

Ingredients

  • 500 grams Pork Ribs
  • 500 grams Young Potatoes cubed
  • 200 grams Sorrel fresh
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 5 Eggs 4 hardboiled
  • 1 tbsp Sour Cream or Smetana if you can find it
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Oil

Instructions

  • In a pot add the pork ribs along with salt and pepper and the bay leaves. Ad water up to 60% of the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover with a lid for one hour.
  • Add in the potatoes and bring back up to a boil. Let cook for 10 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are cooking quickly fry some grated onion and carrot in a pan with a bit of oil. Add to the borscht and give everything a stir. Also chop up the hard boiled eggs and add that in.
  • In a small bowl beat together an egg and the sour cream. Swirl the pot of boiling borscht and slowly pour in the egg mixture so it cooks immediately as it hits the soup.
  • Turn off the heat and add in the chopped sorrel. Give everything a good stir and let sit for a few minutes before serving. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed.

Notes

If you can’t use new/young potatoes you can of course use regular potatoes, just peel them with a vegetable peeler since the skin is not so pleasant when boiled.

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2032IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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