Solyanka Soup

Solyanka Soup
Introduction: At the Russian restaurant in Austin last week we had Solyanka. I immediately decided that I must cook it because the taste and flavor given by the combination of meats, vegetables, pickles, sour cream and fresh dill was so heavenly good. According to [url:2]Wikipedia[/url Solyanka is a thick, spicy and sour Russian soup that is common in Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union and certain parts of the former Eastern Bloc. Solyanka is also popular in the former East Germany where it is commonly found in restaurants and available in canned form in grocery stores. This practice stems from the era when Soviet troops were stationed in the GDR, and Soljanka was found on the menu at many East German restaurants. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was raised in East Germany, is fond of Solyanka.
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Cuisine: Russian
Recipe Source: Adapted from Lavender and Macaroons
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • ham, cubed (~ ⅓ cup)
  • smoked sausage, cubed (~ ⅓ cup)
  • chicken breast, cubed (~ ⅓ cup)
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons capers, rinsed
  • 3 pickles, chopped
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • salt, pepper
  • black olives, halved
  • fresh dill, finely chopped
  • lemon silces
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat
  2. Add onions, carrots and celery and saute for about 2 minutes
  3. Add the meats and cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally
  4. Add tomato sauce, continue to stir
  5. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, boil for about 20 minutes on medium heat
  6. Add pickles and pickle juice and continue cooking for another 5 minutes
  7. Add chopped olives, salt and pepper to your taste
  8. Garnish with lemon slices, sprinkle with chopped dill and serve with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!
Notes
Three meats are needed for this soup: ham, smoked sausage, chicken. The smoked sausage is essential.

 

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