Use your wild boar meat to make a borscht.
It’s officially fall, so the temperature is cooling down, beets are coming into season, you may have hunted some wild boar recently and everyone loves a good hearty soup.
Also, it’s Oktober Fest season, so we thought we would share with you a good borscht recipe. Yes, borscht is traditionally Ukrainian, but Germans eat it too.
Soup recipes are generally easy because you really just add ingredients and let them simmer, and finished borscht looks pretty due to the color of the beets.
Check out this recipe from Broken Arrow Ranch in Texas.
Wild Boar Borscht
- 1-1/2 pnds of cubed wild boar stew meat
- 2 tbls oil
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 1 1/2 cup yellow onion
- 2 tbls chopped garlic
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- 3 cups diced beets (yellow or red, depends on what color borsch you want. I also find red beets are a bit sweeter)
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 2 qts beef or Basic Game Meat Stock
- 2 cups red wine
- 1 tsp fennel seed
- 2 tsp (fresh) thyme or 1 tsp dried
- 1 1/2 cups red potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
- 2 tbls balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Garnish such as feta cheese or sour cream
- In a large stock-pot, lightly brown the boar cubes in half of the oil. Remove the meat, add the rest of the oil and add the carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Saute until the veggies get a little color.
- Add the meat again along with the beets, tomatoes, stock, red wine, fennel, and thyme. Bring all this to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the soup simmer for 1 1/2- 2 hours, skimming the soup scum off the top every now and then.
- Add the potatoes and the cabbage and cook until the potatoes are done, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add in the vinegar and parsley.
- To serve, garnish with the feta or sour cream or your personal favorite garnish (tortilla chips, mozzarella cheese, bacon bits…)
This recipe is originally from American Game Cooking by John Ash & Sid Goldstein compliments of Broken Arrow Ranch.
So, curl up with this hearty stew with a nice oktober fest beer and enjoy autumn.
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