Saturday, April 08, 2006

Borscht with whitebaits a la Pskov

Pskov is one of the most ancient and beautiful Russian North-West cities, included in "The Gold Ring of Russia". The city started on the junction of the Great River and Pskova River, and it is known in chronicles since 860-s years AD. The chronicles tell that the famous duchess Olga was born in 893 AD in Izborsk stronghold, near Pskov.

Ingredients for 4:

2 medium beets
¾ lb sauerkraut
1/3 lb dried whitebaits (young fish)
1 carrot
2 shallot onion
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp butter
1,5 tsp 3% apple vinegar
4 tbsp sour cream
Dill and parsley on taste

Method:

Put whitebaits in boiling water, boil on low heating for 40 minutes.
Take out the fish.
Cook borscht with sauerkraut by traditional recipe.
Cut greens.
To serve, put the whitebaits in serving plates, add borscht, put 1 tbsp sour cream, and sprinkle with the greens.

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