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SAUERKRAUT SOUP, Russian

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. beef or 2 lbs. beef and 1 lb. ham
  • 2 cups sauerkraut
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • ½ tbsp. butter or lard
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 to 10 peppercorns
  • 2 or 3 laurel Leaves
  • 1 onion
Preparation Instructions

Boil meat with spices until half done. Strain bouillon. Drain 2 cups of sauerkraut, chop and fry in butter until soft, or better still, in lard. Add chopped onion and pepper. Add this fried sauerkraut to the bouillon. Make a paste with 1 tbsp. flour and a little water and add to bouillon. Boil until meat is tender. Before serving, add 1 tsp. of sour cream to each portion of soup. This soup is often served with kasha (see recipe). Serves 6 to 8.

Contributed by Mrs. Katherine Mamontov, 1950

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