A wonderful and tasty traditional Russian dish. I had this every time I visited Moscow and fell in love with it so much, I just had to figure out how to make it. There are many variations of this, and you simply cant go wrong with any of them. This recipe calls for beef, ham, and sausage, but feel free to experiment around with this. I assume you could make this vegetarian by using Tofu and various vegetables as well as a vegetable broth instead of meat products.
1) Shred the onion into semi-rings. Soften it in the pan with oil or olive oil. Add chopped into cubes (1/3-1/3") cucumbers, add half the broth and allow to simmer, do not allow cucumbers to get soft. Add tomato paste, salt, and peppercorns bring to boil for 5-7 minutes when cucumbers get a little bit soft then add chopped tomatoes.
2) Right away after boiling add chopped (again into small cubes 1/2-1/2") meat products (the more various the better), remainder of bullion, and bay leafs then heat to get it to boil.
3) Add olives, capers, and lemon into Solyanka. Allow to simmer until thickened.
Important thing - the soup should be thick enough, a little bit viscid. If you are going to eat fresh cooked solyanka at once you can follow the recipe above, if you want to stand a treat to your friends in a day or two it is better to keep separately onion-cucumber-tomato mixture, broth and chopped meat mixture. Just before serving join all - it will take you a few minutes but you can enjoy fresh delicious solyanka.
Recommendation: Use a single large pot for cooking this dish and prepare all ingredients prior to starting. It is easy to overcook the onions and pickles. Having them slightly crisp when done really adds to the enjoyment of this dish.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (411g)|
|Recipe Makes: 10 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 295 (68%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 32.8g||44 %|
|Saturated Fat 14.6g||73 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 13g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.7g|
|Cholesterol 109.5mg||34 %|
|Sodium 1221.3mg||42 %|
|Potassium 708.6mg||19 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 6.5g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.9g||7 %|
|Sugars, other 4.6g|
|Protein 28.9g||41 %|
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Calories per serving: 437
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