Traditional Kvass Borscht recipe

Kvass is a traditional eastern European drink made from fermented, or soured, black bread. Itís often added to soup, stew, and sauce recipes as a flavor-enhancing (and health-boosting) ingredient.


½ cup whole wheat or rye flour
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound beef stew meat, cubed
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 pound beets, peeled, shredded
4 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Chopped fresh parsley, for serving
Sour cream, for serving


1) Prepare the kvass: place flour and garlic in a small bowl; cover with warm water and whisk well. Let mixture sit at room temperature, covered with a light towel, 4 days.

2) Prepare the soup: Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high. Season beef with salt and pepper; add to pot and cook until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove beef with a slotted spoon; set aside.

3) Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to pot; cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.

4) Add cabbage, beets, broth, tomato paste, and reserved beef to pot; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until beef is very tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in prepared kvass; season to taste with salt and pepper.

5) To serve, ladle soup into large bowls; top with parsley and sour cream.

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Published: March 29, 2011
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