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Easy Polish Beet Barszcz Recipe - Barszcz Czysty Czerwony

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Easy Polish Beet Barszcz Recipe - Barszcz Czysty Czerwony

Polish Clear Beet Barszcz (Barszcz Czysty Czerwony)

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Barszcz in Polish means "borscht." Barszcz is sometimes made with a kwas or sour starter and is usually red (made with beets) or white (made with white kielbasa cooking water, potatoes and sour cream, or other ingredients).

This clear red barszcz or barszcz czysty czerwony gets a desired hint of sourness from lemon juice or vinegar and is great eaten hot with boiled potatoes or cold with rye bread.

This meatless soup is often served with mushroom uszka for Polish Christmas Eve dinner known as wigilia


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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings Easy Beet Barszcz


  • 4 beets, washed, or 2 cups sliced canned or jarred beets
  • 4 cups meat or vegetable stock
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Chopped fresh dill for garnish


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap beets in aluminum foil and roast until tender, about 30-45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice into strips or julienne.

  2. In a medium pot, bring stock to boil, add beets, garlic, sugar, lemon juice or vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 10 minutes.

  3. Serve hot with boiled potatoes and chopped dill for garnish, or cool quickly in an ice-water bath and refrigerate to serve cold garnished with dill and sour cream.
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Polish Beet Barszcz, Member Kasiaski

I am replying to natalka's comment below. not sure where you see the statment that barszcz means 'sour'? the author did correctly research the translation and is clearly stating...Barzcz in Polish means "" Borscht"".. and she is correct because the Barszcz is SOMETIMES made with KWAS ( a sour starter ) which is vinegar or lemon for a sour bite to the soup, that is optional. The Title clearly states EASY Polish Beet Barszcz Recipe - Barszcz Czysty Czerwony.. Translation: Clear Beet Soup, not Sour.. Please remember we are here for the cooking tips and the hints of our culture and to pass on these recipes to our children, please appreciate the hard work of someone who is trying to keep traditional recepies on one site. Happy Cooking ... and Smacznego !!!

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