Sunday, September 30, 2007

a heimishe holiday or anyday soup

this semi-borscht like meat-based soup is definitely a favourite which can be made in advance and frozen in portions to take out as needed for suppers or lunches. it does make quite a bit but nothing will go to waste. it is a perfect choice for when the cold weather hits or to serve for the holidays (sukkoth or passover).

using flanken (short ribs) gives the best flavour — i've never tried it with stewing beef but that may be the next best substitute if short ribs are unavailable. if you cannot get the soup bones then perhaps add a stock cube or powder for extra flavour.

making the recipe couldn't be easier, either. after bringing the meat to a boil and skimming, you just throw everything in and let it cook over low heat for 3 hours.

so what is heimishe? well, it's yiddish for home-y or homestyle or "our way". for a fun 5 minute explanation of montreal heimishe jewish food go here and click on the listen link. (<--p.s. enough already with the american pronunciation of my city!! for the record, it's MUN-tree-all (like fun), not maaawwn-tree-all!)

(sweet & sour) flanken and cabbage soup


2 or 3 large strips flanken (short ribs)
2 good sized soup bones (beef)
12 c water

2 large beets, peeled and cut in chunks
1/2 medium cabbage, grated (i just shred it thinly by knife)
1 can diced (or whole) tomatoes (28 oz)
6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 c brown sugar, packed

1 tbsp lemon juice or 1/8 - 1/4 tsp sour salt
salt and pepper, to taste

  • put meat and bones in the water in a large soup pot and bring to boil. remove any proteins that coagulate;
  • add the remaining ingredients;
  • cook, covered, on simmer for 3 hours;
  • adjust flavours at the end with extra salt, pepper, lemon juice and sugar.

break out the black bread & enjoy!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love that borscht-style soup! Very comforting and delicious!

burekaboy — said...

rosa - i only make it 1x or 2x a year but since it makes a lot, i have it for a while frozen for later :) it's also a simple recipe since there is not fussing with it -- throw everything in and cook ;) !