A Russian Rassolnyk Soup Recipe…

Rassolnyk recipe: This is a wonderful soup that is delicious. This version will be made with kidneys and beef. It many times will be made with fish and I have seen it made with chicken before. The kidney version is a time consuming soup that takes more effort than just tossing everything in a pan and cooking. The beef kidney has to be treated properly or you will have a tainted tasting soup. If you do as the instructions say. You will have a wonderful delight of a treat…

1 lb diced beef
1 beef kidney
6 ea salted cucumbers
1 large peeled and chopped onion
1 peeled and diced carrot
Fresh chopped parsley (your taste)
2 tbsp cooking oil
4 ea peeled and diced potatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup sour cream (20%+)
1 tbsp flour
2 cloves of crushed garlic

Important: Several hours before cooking cut the kidney into two halves . Using a small, sharp, pointed knife, trim out the veins, the ureter, and all fat and put into large amount of cool water in a soup pan. Change the water often as every 15 to 20 minutes. (some people soak over night and change water less often) Then pour hot boiling water onto it. Boil the kidney several times, removing water, and pouring new hot water again. To be honest maybe you should do this step three times. Then finally thoroughly wash the kidney in warm water… (Do not skimp on prepping the kidney!)

Then boil the kidney again, together with the beef, having started to boil from cool water. Boil until beef is done…

Meanwhile – Chop the onion, carrots, and cucumbers. Put them into a another (second) soup pan, add oil, add some stock from the first soup pan, cover with a lid and simmer (low heat) until ready (the ingredients must become soft).

Now take a fry pan – Put the flour and tomato paste onto the frying pan and fry them together for a while. (medium heat and this is the thickener for the soup)

Strain the stock from the beef and kidneys and put it with the stewed ingredients (onions, carrots and cucumbers) in the second soup pan. Start boiling the second pan again…

Then add potatoes cut into small pieces in the second soup pan, then add the tomato paste fried with the flour, stir and mix well. Keep boiling and will will thicken slightly…

Take the kidney and beef chunks out of the first pan. Make sure to dice the kidney and beef. Then add diced beef and kidney to the second pan of soup. (other words you have only one pan now. But lots of dirty pans… :))

Then reboil the soup…

The rozsolnyk is ready when potatoes are done. Put the chopped parsley and crushed garlic into it.

When serving, put some sour cream into the bowl on top of the soup…

Makes more than enough to feed a hungry family and the dog… 🙂

Oh – My – Yummy…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

PS: I have seen this soup made with rice or oats before. Spices can be varied, some like a bay leaf to be added when boiled the last time. You may salt and pepped to taste but if you use real salt cucumbers then adjust. You may also serve the sour cream on the side in a bowl for those who do not care for sour cream…