What Is a Typical Beet Borscht Recipe?

What Is a Typical Beet Borscht Recipe?

A typical Ukrainian beef borscht recipe combines beef brisket and ham hocks to simmer with seasonings, beef broth, beets, vinegar, tomato paste and sugar. Sauteed vegetables potatoes and cabbage, kielbasa, kvass, dill and garlic, are added before the borscht is served with roasted goose, fresh dill and sour cream.

Ukrainian Borscht

This recipe yields 6 servings.

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 3 hours

Ready In: 3 hours, 15 min.


  • 2 ham hocks
  • 1 1/2 lbs., beef brisket, chopped into large chunks
  • 3 quarts beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 3 large beets, roasted and shredded
  • 4 tbsp., red wine vinegar
  • Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp., sugar
  • 2 tbsp., butter
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 3 potatoes, diced and cooked
  • 1/2 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 LB. to 1 lb., kielbasa, sliced
  • 1/4 cup kvass
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, snipped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Roast goose slices
  • Fresh dill sprigs
  • Sour cream
  1. Cook meat and broth
  2. Bring the beef and ham to a boil in the beef broth with bay leaf, peppercorns and allspice, then simmer, loosely covered for up to 2 1/2 hours. Skim the surface frequently during cooking. Strain broth and reserve. Remove meat from ham hocks and return to the pot with the beef and broth, as well as the beets, red wine vinegar, tomato paste and sugar. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.

  3. Add vegetables, flavorings and serve
  4. In the butter, saute the carrot, bell pepper, onion, salt and pepper until soft. Add to the meat and broth mixture with the potatoes and cabbage, then simmer for 10 minutes. Simmer with the kielbasa for a further 5 minutes before removing from the heat and adding the kvass, dill and garlic. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving with the slices of roast goose, sprigs of dill and sour cream.