Prep 45 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I got this from one of my older cookbooks, "Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery", and adapted it to suit our needs. This is great, if you like beets! I love beets, and kids love this too because of the hot dog octupus and color. This soup can be a full meal with some hearty bread. I like to serve my Swedish Rye bread with it (Swedish Rye Bread)
- 2 lbs beef (or other soup meat, cut into bite sized chunks)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 large onions (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄2 lb smoked pork (lean, cut into large cubes)
- 3 quarts water
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 peppercorns (crushed)
- 2 garlic cloves (mashed, then diced)
- 8 medium beets
- 1 bunch beet leaf (small tender leaves)
- 1 carrot (sliced)
- 1 stalk celery & leaves (sliced)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped fine)
- 1 cup cabbage (shredded)
- 3 large potatoes (peeled and cut into large chunks)
- 1 quart tomatoes (or a large can)
- 1 cup navy beans (cooked)
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 5 frankfurters
- In large pot, brown meat in butter, then remove and set aside.
- Saute the onions (using more butter, if needed), the set aside with the meat.
- Make a paste of remaining butter and flour and add water as needed, save this for thickening at the end.
- Return meat to pot, add smoked pork and water.
- Bring to a boil then simmer.
- Add bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, beet greens, carrot, celery, and parsley.
- Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
- Peel and grate one of the beets into 1/4 cup water and set aside to make the lovely color.
- Scrub and cook the other 7 beets in a separate pan, and when done set aside to cool.
- Add tomatoes, beans, cabbage, potatoes, vinegar and sugar and simmer (another hour of cooking total).
- Peel and dice beets and add to soup.
- Add thickening to soup.
- During last 15 minutes of cooking, add grated beets and juice (and franks).
- Cut the frankfurters in half lengthwise, leaving about an inch uncut. Cut the strips in half lengthwise. Cut the 2 strips in half, then cut each of these 4 strips in half. The frankfurter will be an inch of solid meat with 8 strips attached. When cooked, the strips curl, and resemble an octopus. Children love this!
- Serve with sour cream.