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what herbs & spices do you add to your beet borscht?

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phoenikia Sep 9, 2010 12:53 PM

I've been adding garlic, black pepper, paprika, bay, cumin & fresh dill to mine lately.

Have seen some recipes online calling for allspice, thyme, marjoram and/or caraway, but I haven't tried adding those spices yet.

Also, what kind of vinegar do you like to use? I've been using wine vinegar or white balsamic lately (even if it isn't authentic, it tastes pretty good!)

What do you like to add to your borscht?

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    mangetoutoc RE: phoenikia Sep 9, 2010 06:51 PM

    I used caraway and thyme in my last batch. The caraway, which I also love in gulyas, makes a nice flavor contrast with garlic and I like the touch of bite the thyme gives vs the mild sweetness of dill as a foil to the beets.

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      phoenikia RE: mangetoutoc Sep 10, 2010 09:44 AM

      Sounds good, mangetoutoc. Will pick up some caraway, and try adding thyme & caraway to the next batch.

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        mangetoutoc RE: phoenikia Sep 14, 2010 09:30 PM

        If you have a mortar and pestle, you can grind the caraway seeds in there and mash the garlic in with it. I (heart) less straining.

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          phoenikia RE: mangetoutoc Sep 15, 2010 08:32 AM

          good idea to grind the caraway, and mash the garlic ;-)

          Mind you, I'm usually too lazy to strain, anyways. I serve the borscht chunky!

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          phoenikia RE: phoenikia Sep 27, 2010 05:16 PM

          I added the caraway, cumin, bay and garlic to my last batch, and it turned out great! Caraway definitely improved the borscht. Thanks for the inspiration!

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        Feed Me RE: phoenikia Sep 10, 2010 08:35 PM

        Savory Turkish mint is also very nice in beet borscht, I think.

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          phoenikia RE: Feed Me Sep 11, 2010 07:36 AM

          I don't have any savoury Turkish mint, but I'll try the mint that I grow. Does sound like it would be nice.

        2. mamachef RE: phoenikia Sep 11, 2010 07:53 AM

          I've been running with fennel seeds and a bit of snipped frond to garnish, and cider vinegar or garlic-white vinegar, or lemon juice. Brown sugar or turbinado to sweeten the pot. Boiled potatoes, sour cream. Oy.

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            phoenikia RE: mamachef Sep 11, 2010 07:57 AM

            Fennel seeds- what a great idea.

            Decided to google fennel & borscht after seeing your reply. This borscht adds fennel bulb to the borscht, and uses honey instead of sugar.
            http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/be...

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              mamachef RE: phoenikia Sep 11, 2010 08:06 AM

              That looks so good, phoenikia. And it also made me think: I could use up the Lyle's syrup, interchanging with the honey? My Mr. doesn't like honey (but i do), and #1 son can't have it, but it seems it would serve the exact same purpose.

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                phoenikia RE: mamachef Sep 11, 2010 08:37 AM

                I think the syrup would work fine in that recipe ;-) Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

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            millygirl RE: phoenikia Sep 11, 2010 09:28 AM

            I've had beets in my fridge for longer than I care to admit. Care to share your recipe phoenikia?

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              millygirl RE: millygirl Sep 11, 2010 09:41 AM

              Never mind, just found my way through to your blog and saw the recipe. Looks good! If I decide to get ambitious this weekend I will give it a try. The beets will def thank me.

            2. prima RE: phoenikia Aug 3, 2011 08:09 PM

              Has anyone made beet borscht lately? I made a quickie veggie version with freshly picked beets, beet greens, onion, lemon juice, white balsamic and cumin last night. Looking forward to making some more borscht next week.

              1. prima RE: phoenikia Sep 6, 2012 07:52 AM

                what herbs/spices have you been adding to your borscht lately?

                I did a super-simple veggie borscht yesterday- just beets, carrots, onions, thyme, vinegar and a little sugar.

                When I've had more time, I've made borschts closer to this: http://phoenikia.wordpress.com/2010/0...

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                  blinknoodle RE: prima Sep 6, 2012 06:23 PM

                  I like Rebar's borscht. It uses balsamic, lemon juice and dill... oh, and white beans. :)

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