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3hrs 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. DAY ONE.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Place the bacon in a Dutch oven or stockpot and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the fat begins to render, about 3 minutes.
  4. Continue cooking until slightly crisp.
  5. Reserve.
  6. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the meat from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  8. To the fat in the pan, add the onions and carrots, and stir to coat.
  9. Cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
  10. Add the garlic, oregano, dill seeds, and bay leaves and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  11. Add the red wine vinegar and stir to deglaze the pan.
  12. Return the meat and bacon to the pot and add the stock, salt, and pepper and bring to boil.
  13. Reduce the heat and simmer partially covered until the beef is tender, about 2 hours.
  14. Cool and refrigerate overnight Meanwhile, Brush with a little oil and place the beets wrapped in parchment and then foil on a baking sheet.
  15. Roast until tender and can be pierced easily with a knife, about 1 hour.
  16. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.
  17. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  18. DAY TWO.
  19. Trim the stem and root endsof the beets and remove the skins.
  20. Coarsely grate and set aside.
  21. Remove fat from the meat mixture, add the beets, potatoes, and cabbage.
  22. Bring to a boil and Simmer over low heat for another 30 minutes.
  23. Season with additional red wine vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  24. Ladle borscht into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche and pinch of fresh dill.

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