For a first update in a while I have decided to add a recipe for another very popular Russian (Ukrainian in origin) soup. This is another recipe with many different variations and in modifying it is actually encouraged. This particular recipe we pulled out of an old Russian recipe book and it produced some excellent results. There are other variations of Solynka made with either fish or mushrooms.
The word Solyanka refers to the salty/sour taste of the soup, which comes from the pickles and sauerkraut commonly used to prepare it.
- Large pieces of pork, beef, or lamb along with any bones (we used left over pork)
- 1 unpeeled, washed onion (to be discarded)
- 2 washed carrots (to be discarded)
- 1 whole washed, unpeeled head of garlic (to be discarded)
- 2 washed stalks of celery (to be discarded)
Alternatively you can start off with store bought beef broth and dress it up with some vegetables.
- 1 large chopped onion
- Any chopped meat you want or have left over, cold cuts, cooked chicken, hot dogs can all be used in any combination
- 0.5 cups of chopped Spanish olives
- 4 chopped dill pickles (can use kosher instead)
- 1 peeled, diced tomato
- 3-4 tbs of tomato paste
- Salt (add it at the very end), pepper, soup seasoning to taste (we used Vegeta and bay leaves)
We started with the broth preparation. In a large pot of water, drop your meat set aside for the broth. Bring to a boil and skim all the foam that forms on top during this process. Otherwise you’ll end up with unpleasant chunks of protein at the end.
Drop in the broth vegetables and cook at a simmer for at least an hour.
Strain the broth of the vegetables and discard. Remove and discard any bones. Remove the meat, cut it up and throw right back in.
Add your meats for the soup (we used some pre-cooked hot dogs and some cold cuts)
In a pan, brown the chopped onions and add the tomato paste. Combine and cook for a few minutes.
Add the olives, pickles, and tomatoes. Season, and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes at a simmer.
Serve warm garnished with chopped dill and/or a table spoon of sour cream.