Shchi – Russian Sauerkraut Soup

Here’s another Russian recipe for you foodies. Here is Olga’s recipe for this very traditional Russian soup (pronounced ‘shee’)–

Ingredients

• Beef – 1 pound (or as much as you want)

• Potatoes – 3-4 medium potatoes (or as much as you want)

• Carrots – 1 or 2

• Onion – 1 small

• Sauerkraut – 1 pound (or as much as you want)

• Bay leaf

• Parsley

• Pepper

• Celery powder (spice) – a touch

• Barley (optional) – ½cup

• Oat Meal – ½ cup

• Salt

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1. Rinse meat and put in pot in COLD water

2. Skim off the foam as it rises, before boiling is reached

3. Once the water is boiling – add onion, one or two whole carrots, bay leaf, spices, barley

4. Cook for 1.5 hours, at low boil

5. Add potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes

6. Cook for another 15 minutes (or until potatoes are almost done, don’t overcook)

7. Add oatmeal and sauerkraut

8. Cook for another 5 – 10 minutes

9. Add spices for flavoring

Notes:

Remove meat, cut it into pieces and add to soup, or keep for another dish

you can mash the potatoes once the soup is done.

 

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