The Elusive “Sour”
A Suitable Substitute?
- The base – bone broth and lacto-fermented sauerkraut juice – is healing for the gut and replenishes the body with probiotics, vitamins and minerals.
- It’s alkaline!
- It is quick to make – about 45 minutes.
- It tastes even better the next day.
- Tastes delicious with or without meat.
- It is Gaps, Paleo and Gluten Free friendly!
- One onion
- 4 fresh tomatoes, or 3 cans of crushed tomatoes
- 3 tbsp of butter, or clarified lard
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 6 cuprs homemade chicken broth
- 4 cups lacto-fermented sauerkraut (see recipe), too busy to make you own? Here is a good resource.
- 1 cup living sauerkraut juice
- 4 cups Polish kilbasa or Hungarian sausage, optional
- 1 bunch parlsey
- Chives, one bunch
- 1/2 cup sour cream, or creme fraische
- 1 teaspoon of crushed fennel seed, find it here
- One pinch of sea salt and pepper, find it here
Remember: add the sauerkraut and the sauerkraut juice to the soup after the soup cools off to eating temperature, in order to preserve the sensitive lactobacili. Even when you reheat it the next day, don’t heat it past 90*. You want to ingest the precious bacteria while they are still alive.
6. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to bubble.
7. Incorporate the chicken broth.
8. Season with sea salt, pepper and crushed fennel seeds.
9. Optionally, cut the sausage in small bite size pieces and add it to the soup.
l0. After simmering tho soup for a few minutes, leave it to cool off for about ten to fifteen minutes, until it has stopped steaming.
11. Incorporate about 1 cup of lacto-fermented sauerkraut juice.
12. Next, add 4 cups of lacto-fermented sauerkraut.
13. Finally, add about 1 cup of fresh Italian parsley.
14. I am a true Eastern European, so I think sour cream makes everything taste better. Serve the borscht with a few chopped chives, parlsey, and sour cream.
Recently, a friend of mine gifted me a hand made clay bowl. It is perfect for soups, and it is absolutely adorable!
This time, we served the borscht with a fresh, homemade spelt roll, and, of course, plenty of butter. Simple, nourishing, and absolutely scrumptious.