Hot beet borscht, or cold

The day American democracy withstood an attack on the seat of its government, Jan. 6, 2020, I decided to make a festive meal — after all Jews have created whole holidays over much less. But what food goes with this celebration? Beet borscht, I decided. It’s comforting, fast (so we can get back to guarding Congress against all enemies domestic and…domestic), and full of nourishment— for the long fight ahead. Serve hot every Jan. 6, or cold, on July 4.

Beet Borscht


4 medium beets, peeled and quartered
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 T. chopped fresh dill
salt and pepper
1 t. lemon juice, kvass or apple cider vinegar, or to taste

Place all the ingredients except vinegar in a large pot or Instant Pot. Add cool water just to cover. Bring to boil then cover and simmer until the vegetables are very soft, about an hour. In an Instant Pot this takes 30 minutes.

Remove cover and using a stick blender or regular blender, puree until very smooth. Add vinegar. Taste and adjust for salt, pepper and vinegar. Serve hot or cold with a plop of sour cream or yogurt and some fresh dill.

A smooth and easy vegan borscht

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