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Thursday, December 06, 2007
Beets and sweet potatos and garlic, oh my
Yesterday I was reading an article on the NY Times about Hanukkah recipes, and decided to whip up some latkes for dinner, since even picky eater girl loves a good latke. I grated a couple of sweet potatoes, salt, pepper and cinnamon (Vietnamese cassia) and mixed with 3 eggs and maybe 1/2 cup of cottage cheese. They fried up beautifully on the cast iron griddle, and were a big hit as usual. I like the sweet potato better than standard for these, as they are easier to cook and the sweetness works well with the cottage cheese.
Anyway, I had hit upon this plan relatively early in the day, and was wondering what to make to go with them, when I remembered the forlorn can of pickled beets in my pantry at home. Borscht! Vikki favors a good cold borscht, so I made it so. I tossed two small diced yellow Finn potatoes and about 5 cloves of garlic into 3 or so cups of chicken broth, and cooked until the potato was soft, then cooled it down with ice. When it was cool I added the juice from the pickled beets, as well as the beets themselves (chopped), salt, pepper and the juice of one lemon, as well as about 4 more cloves chopped raw garlic, and some fresh dill. To serve, I added some sour cream (low fat) and some homemade sauerkraut which was very chunky and crunchy. I'll definitely be doing this one again. It was fantastic. Sweet, sour, crunchy, beety goodness with just enough bite from the garlic. When we were first married, we lived up stairs from a nice Russian lady who really liked Vikki and was always bringing her food. This was a lot like I remember her cold borscht, only hers was clear. I used Pacific Foods organic chicken broth which was not clear, and I'm not much for the skimming. But the flavor was pretty close, I think. If only I could find some good dark rye...
Thursday, December 06, 2007 8:01:49 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Friday, November 07, 2008 5:05:57 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
That sounds great, thanks for sharing.
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