How to Make Shchi

During the winter months, we crave an old fashioned bowl of good homemade soup. We also sometimes want to try something a little different instead of the usual chicken or vegetable soup. Why not try shchi (pronounced 'she' )? This traditional Russian favourite is sure to warm the heart and soul as well as keep the stomach full. Here's how to prepare it.

Ingredients

Stock

  • 3 lbs beef bones
  • 2 lbs beef brisket
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 8-10 peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 quarts water

Soup

  • 3 tbsp butter or oil
  • 2 onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 large head cabbage, quartered, cored and shredded
  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Steps

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    In a large heavy bottomed pot, combine all the stock ingredients and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
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    Once the stock is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 3 to 4 hours. Skim and discard any meat scum that is floating on the surface of the stock.
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    Remove the beef brisket from the pot and set it aside in a bowl to cool. Meanwhile, strain the stock through a fine sieve and throw out the bones and vegetables. Set the stock aside.
    • After the brisket is cooled, chop it into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
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    Clean the pot and place over medium-high heat. Heat the oil.
    • Add the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until wilted.
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    • Add the cabbage and sauté for an additional 4-5 minutes until it's cooked down and wilted.
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    Pour in the stock slowly and add the chopped brisket. Bring to a boil.
    • After boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
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    Add in the potatoes, tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
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    Serve hot among bowls with a slice of hearty rye bread and garnish with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!

Warnings

  • This dish can be hot when eating immediately. Be cautious not to burn your tongue.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy pot
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Stirring spoon

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