Borscht is traditionally served both hot and cold. Leftovers are great.
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (16-ounce) jar whole pickled beets
3 cups beef stock or broth
1 cup water
Sour cream, for serving
2 tablespoons fresh dill fronds
How to Make It
In a medium pot, heat the butter over medium high heat until hot, then stir in the onion, garlic, caraway seed, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes.
Reserve the beet pickling liquid and cut the beats into matchsticks.
Stir the beets, their liquid, the beefy stock and water into the pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes, the season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the borscht dolloped with the sour cream and sprinkled with the dill.
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