Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup
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1 lb . package pork sausage
3 medium beets, peeled and shredded
3 carrots, peeled and shredded
3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1/2 medium head cabbage, cored and shredded
1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
3 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup sour cream, for topping
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill for garnish

Crumble the sausage into a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until no longer pink. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Fill a large pot halfway with water (about 2 quarts), and bring to a boil. Add the sausage, and cover the pot. Return to a boil. Add the beets, and cook until they have lost their color. Add the carrots and potatoes, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Add the cabbage, and the can of diced tomatoes.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat . Add the onion, and cook until tender. Stir in the tomato paste and water until well blended. Transfer to the pot. Add the raw garlic to the soup, cover and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Taste, and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls, and garnish with sour cream and fresh dill

Julia’s American-Style Potato Salad

Julia’s American-Style Potato Salad
Epicurious | October 2009

2 pounds red gold potatoes, or other waxy, boiling potatoes
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/3 cup chicken stock or potato-cooking water
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
3 or 4 slices crisply cooked bacon, chopped or crumbled
2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped pickle, sweet or dill
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced thin
3 tablespoons or so finely chopped fresh chives or scallions, including a bit of their tender green
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 cup or so mayonnaise
Sour cream (optional)

For garnishing
Crisp whole red-leaf or other lettuce leaves
Canned red pimiento, diced; sliced hard-boiled eggs; tomato quarters; parsley sprigs (optional)

Peel the potatoes and slice each one lengthwise in half, or in quarters if very large; then cut crosswise into half-round or quarter- round slices, about 1/2 inch thick .

Put the slices in a saucepan with water just to cover and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt per quart of water. Heat to a simmer, and cook the potatoes for 5 to 6 minutes, or until just cooked through. It is essential that they be just cooked through. Bite into a slice or two to be very sure. Immediately remove from the heat and drain the potatoes into a colander, but save a cup of the cooking liquid for dressing the potatoes. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Stir the cider vinegar with 1/3 cup of the potato water or chicken stock and drizzle this over the potato pieces, turning them gently to distribute it evenly. Let sit 10 minutes to absorb the liquid.

Add the prepared onion, celery, bacon, pickle, hard-boiled eggs, and chives, and season carefully to taste. Top with 2/3 cup of mayonnaise (or a mix of mayonnaise and a bit of sour cream) and, with a large rubber spatula, gently fold everything together until well blended. Taste the salad and add more salt, pepper, or mayonnaise as needed. Cover the salad and set aside in the refrigerator for at least an hour or so before serving. If it is refrigerated longer, let it come back to room temperature before serving. Taste and adjust the seasoning again. Serve with optional garnishes if desired.

Smokey Roasted Pepper Hummus

Smokey Roasted Pepper Hummus

Makes about 1 qt hummus- serves 5-6 as an appetizer

2 cans of chick peas/garbanzo beans (15 oz)
1/3 cup tahini 1
/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1⁄2 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 c yogurt or sour cream
1/2 cup -3/4 cup roasted red peppers (depending on taste)

In a food processor, combine beans, tahini, lemon juice and olive. Process until smooth. Add red peppers and garlic until desired consistency. Garnish with parsley. Serve warm with hot pita bread or toasted pita chips.

Roasted red pepper hummus can be made up to two days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Heat up in microwave or on stovetop to serve.

Beet And Carrot Pancakes

Beet And Carrot Pancakes

1 1/3 cups (packed) coarsely shredded peeled beets (from 2 medium)
1 cup coarsely shredded peeled carrots (from 2 medium)
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sour cream

Preheat oven to 300°F. Place baking sheet in oven. Combine beets, carrots and onion in large bowl. Mix in egg, salt and pepper. Add flour; stir to blend well.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Using 1/3 cup beet mixture for each pancake, drop 4 pancakes into skillet. Flatten each into 3-inch round. Cook until brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer pancakes to baking sheet in oven; keep warm. Repeat with remaining beet mixture, making 4 more pancakes. Serve pancakes with sour cream.

Chilled Beet Soup with Dill Cream

Chilled Beet Soup with Dill Cream

4 cups (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth
1 pound beets, peeled, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup peeled chopped carrot
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons chopped fresh green onions
Sour cream

Combine 4 cups broth, beets, onions, carrot and garlic in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 35 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree
in blender in batches until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Thin with additional broth if soup is too thick. Mix in sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. (Can be pre- pared 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with dill and chives. Top with sour cream.

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
Salt and black pepper
3 medium cucumbers (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2 medium red onion, very thinly sliced

Halve each cucumber lengthwise, peel and scoop out seed cavity with a spoon. Turn the halves upside-down and slice into 1/4-inch slices. Toss the cucumber and red onion slices with 3 teaspoons salt in a colander and weight them down with a ziploc bag with a quart of water in. Let sit at room temp for at least an hour to drain.

When the cukes have drained, whisk the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, dill and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Add the cucumbers and onion; toss to coat. Serve chilled, adjusting the seasonings if neces- sary.

Fennel, Arugula and Smoked Trout Salad

Fennel, Arugula and Smoked Trout Salad

1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill
1 1/4 teaspoons white wine vinegar, divided
2 cups arugula
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb
1/3 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
2/3 cup smoked trout, coarsely flaked

Whisk sour cream, 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, horserad- ish, dill, and 3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar in small bowl. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Place arugula, fennel, and onion in medium bowl. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Divide salad between 2 plates. Top with smoked fish. Drizzle horseradish dressing over and serve.

Beets and Apples

Beets and Apples

2 medium/large beets, roasted, peeled and diced.
1 medium/large apple, diced
1 medium/large onion, diced.

Saute the onion and apple in butter or oil until the onion is tender. Add beets and cook until beets are heated through. Serve with sour cream.