Back to the Roots Golden Borscht

In response to a post by Archana Potdar of The Mad Scientist's Kitchen, we are going “Back to the Roots.” We started this blog several years ago, as a way to record all our family recipes, traditions and tricks for our boys to have when they grow up. Along the way, we have tried new ingredients and created new recipes that have shaped new traditions.

When considering an older post for a new twist (and never being able to resist a play-on-words), the obvious choice for a recipe redux had to be roasted beets. These root vegetables are even more appropriate given that Archana asked for vegetarian options for included recipes.

The first thing that leaps to mind when we think of beets is a traditional Ukrainian borscht; beet soup. So, for a makeover with a new twist, we decided to use golden beets instead of the typical magenta-colored roots. We used chicken (or vegetable) broth instead of beef broth and orange juice instead of red wine or vinegar which seemed to better complement the flavor of these yellow-fleshed beets. We also used yogurt instead of sour cream for an added tang.

  • 1 cup roasted beets, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2-3 cloves of roasted garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Yogurt (we used FAGE Total Greek-style)*
  • Fresh chives, chopped for garnish

Place the beets in a small roasting or baking dish in one layer. Drizzle with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast until tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 45-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel using a paring knife or by pushing the skin with your fingers. Slice the beets and place in a food processor or blender. Add stock, orange juice, roasted garlic, salt and pepper and puree to desired consistency.

Refrigerate until cold. (While borscht is occasionally served hot, it is most often served cold.) Taste the soup and adjust seasonings before serving with a dollop of yogurt and chopped chives.

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