Polish Wielkanocny Barszcz

Ingredients for stock:

1/2 lb piece smoked bacon

1 strip pork spareribs
2 qts water, to cover meat
2 onions, cut-up and browned in 1 tbsp butter
4 carrots, scraped and cut-up
1 celery stalk, cut-up
1 bay leaf
2 springs parsley
1 tbsp salt

NOTE: If stock is made earlier, it can be refrigerated and frozen. The fat solidifies and can easily be removed.

Ingredients for Barszcz:
2 quarts stock
2 cups sour cream
2 or 3 tbsps freshly grated horseradish or prepared horseradish
2 or 3 tbsps vinegar
Salt to taste


  • To prepare stok, bring the meat and water to a boil. Boil until scum gathers on top. Remove from heat and skim. Return to heat, add vegetables and salt. Simmer for about 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Cool, Remove meat and strain broth.
  • To prepare Barszcz, heat stock. Beat cream until smooth. Add a little hot stock to cream, stirring constantly. Add cream to broth, add horseradish and vinegar. Stir. Season to taste.
  • Sourness depends on individual taste. Originally, zur, the sour liquid from fermented rye bread was used. This can be obtained prepared and bottled. However, it is more convenient to use 1 or 2 tbsps of lemon juice or vinegar. Another method to make barszcz sour is to use citric acid (sour salt) or juice from dill pickles.
To Serve Barszcz:
  • For each serving, place in a large soup bowl, diced boiled meat, sliced kielbasa, sliced hard-boiling egg, grated fresh horseradish, cubed dried cottage cheese.
  • Pour hot barszcz over this mixture and serve with slices of fresh rye bread.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Did You Know?
All foods can be broken down into one or more of six basic nutrients: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water.

Most foods are complex and composed of more than one basic nutrients.

Some foods are composed of only one or two of these components. For example:
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- Sugar is 100% carbohydrate, no other nutrients.

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