Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
The 2005 RecipeZaar World Tour has me in search of new recipes from regions around the world. This is an untried recipe from Cooking Light. I love the flavor that fennel introduces to any dish, including this elegant borscht. If you try it ahead of me, please let me know what you think.
- 1 lb red beet (look for smaller ones)
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 3⁄4 cups fresh fennel bulbs, sliced thin
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup nonfat milk or 1 cup reduced-fat milk
- 1⁄2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- Leave root and 1 inch of stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place beets and fennel seeds in a medium saucepan; cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until tender. Drain beets through a fine sieve into a bowl, reserving fennel seeds and 3 cups cooking liquid. Rinse beets under cold water; drain. Peel beets; cut into 1/2-inch cubes, reserving 3/4 cup for garnish. Combine remaining beets, reserved cooking liquid, and fennel seeds in a bowl; set aside.
- Add oil to a medium non-stick pan and saute onions for two or three minutes. Add sliced fennel and 1/4 cup water and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for simmer 20 minutes or until fennel is tender.
- Combine fennel bulb mixture, beet mixture, yogurt, milk, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Pour soup into a bowl; cover and chill thoroughly. Ladle 3/4 cup soup into individual bowls, and top with 2 tablespoons reserved beets.