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My Polish Family's Red Beet Soup

This is the red beet soup that I grew up eating. I make it for my family now, my mother still makes it, her mother made it, and probably her mother made it too. So very rich and good. This is comfort food for me, especially when I am homesick.

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4hrs 30mins
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  • Place beef short ribs, salt and pepper in a stock pot.
  • Cover with water (at least 3 quarts) and bring to a boil.
  • Let simmer until the meat falls off the bone.
  • Skim off any "scum" and visible fat.
  • Add cubed red beets, ensuring that there is enough liquid to cover them.
  • Bring back to the boil.
  • Simmer until red beets are tender.
  • Take out about 3 cups of the soup mixture including red beets but excluding meat, and place in blender. Blend until mostly smooth.
  • Add the blended mixture back to the pot.
  • Add cubed potatoes and simmer until tender.
  • Add half and half, and sour cream.
  • Mix well.
  • Be certain to not let the soup come to a boil once the dairy products have been added.
  • Check for seasoning. Adjust with salt and pepper as necessary.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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"This is the red beet soup that I grew up eating. I make it for my family now, my mother still makes it, her mother made it, and probably her mother made it too. So very rich and good. This is comfort food for me, especially when I am homesick."
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  1. palmer220
    I'm getting ready to make this soup tomorrow. My family growing up had the best Polish Beet soup (cream) and somehow we lost the recipe when my grandmother passed. One thing we knew was it had cream and sour cream and something went through a cheesecloth?? This recipe is the closest I've seen to our original. Funny I'm from Tampa and to think there was another family having the same food so close is wild to me! I thought I was the only Polish person in America or at least it felt like it! I thought we'd be related but don't recognize Colman. Thanks for saving a tradition!!
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  2. SLColman
    This is the red beet soup that I grew up eating. I make it for my family now, my mother still makes it, her mother made it, and probably her mother made it too. So very rich and good. This is comfort food for me, especially when I am homesick.
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