Barscz - {Polish Easter Soup}

Barscz - {Polish Easter Soup}
Barscz - {Polish Easter Soup}

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

1

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

1

servings

Ingredients

  • BARSCZ:

  • 1/4

    pound dark rye flour

  • 4

    cups warm water

  • CONDIMENTS PER SERVING BOWL:

  • 1

    slice rye bread torn into bits

  • 1

    hard-boiled egg chopped

  • 1

    piece smoked Polish kielbasa - (4" long) chopped

  • Fresgly-grated horseradish mixed with

  • a little vinegar

  • MAKING THE SOUP:

  • 4

    cups water

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    cup milk or buttermilk

  • 1

    cup Barscz thoroughly mixed

  • before measuring

  • Salt to taste

  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Directions

MAKING THE BARSCZ, 5 to 6 days before making the soup: Stir together the dark rye and warm water in an ample container (ceramic is good) and set it aside in a warm place, covered with a towel. I made mine in a big plastic container, covered it with a potholder, and put it on the back of the stove. The kitchen counter is also fine.) Stir once a day. The fermentation and sour smell is a sign that it's getting good. After making the soup, you can decant the clear liquid, refrigerate, and use as a flavoring in other soups. MAKING THE SOUP: When you're ready to make the soup, bring a quart of water to a simmer on the stove. Beat together the egg and milk, then slowly stir it into the simmering pot. Turn up the heat a bit, let thicken, then slowly pour in the barscz. Stir until it thickens to the consistency of watery oatmeal or runny pea soup. Season well with salt and pepper. It should smell sour. FINAL ASSEMBLY : When ready to serve, place the bread bits, chopped sausage and egg into each bowl that you're serving. Ladle the Barscz soup over all, then stir in horseradish to taste. Serve hot to 4 to 6 people on Easter morning...or whenever. It's a rich and unusual soup -- thickly white from milk and dark rye flour; sour from fermenting the flour into traditional barscz kwaszony zytni (the Russian kvass), tart from freshly grated horseradish, and highly textured from chopped egg and smoked kielbasa and rye bread. Maria says, "it's something you have to acquire a taste for, but once you do, there's no substitute for it." As a converted addict, I agree.

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