Polish Cold Beet Soup (Chłodnik)
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Polish Cold Beet Soup (Chłodnik) is a variation of red borscht that’s served cold during hot summer months. Its sweet/sour flavor is refreshing and its rich pink color makes it as pretty as it is delicious.
  • 1½ lbs/680 g (about 4 medium) beets (beetroot), trimmed, scrubbed, peeled, and grated on a box grater
  • 2 cups (475 ml) chicken or vegetable stock (use vegetable to keep this dish vegetarian)
  • 4 radishes, trimmed, scrubbed, and grated on a box grater
  • 4 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled and grated on a box grater
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • ¾ cup (180 g) sour cream
  • 2 cups (475 ml) plain kefir
  • ½ cup (120 ml) strained sauerkraut or kosher dill pickle juice (from sauerkraut or pickles in the refrigerated section, not canned)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or 2 tablespoons organic raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For Serving:
  • Hardboiled eggs, peeled and halved or quartered (1 per serving)
  • Fresh dill
  1. Add the beet and stock to a medium saucepan (the liquid should barely cover the beet). Cover the pan, bring up to a boil, and then turn the heat down and simmer until the beet is tender, about 15 minutes. (You can add a splash of water if necessary.) Cool completely.
  2. Combine the cooled beet, radish, scallion, garlic, cucumber, and dill in a large bowl.
  3. Fold the whipped heavy cream into the sour cream, and then whisk in the kefir, sauerkraut or pickle juice, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the kefir mixture into the beet mixture and stir to combine (it will turn a pretty shade of pink).
  5. Taste and add additional salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice if desired.
  6. Cover and chill 2 hours (or up to 3 days) before serving.
  7. Serve the soup with hardboiled egg and fresh dill on top.
Recipe by An Edible Mosaic™ at https://www.anediblemosaic.com/polish-cold-beet-soup-chlodnik/