Ukrainian borscht with caraway dumplings

Ukrainian borscht with caraway dumplings (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / August 27, 2012)


Ukrainian borscht with caraway dumplings

Total time: 3 hours

Servings: 12

Note: Garnish each serving of the soup with a little sour cream and a sprinkling of dill. Kvass, a fermented beverage, is usually available at Central and Eastern European markets.

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2 pounds beef short ribs


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, roughly chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

2 bay leaves

8 cups water, more if needed

2 turnips, cut to ½-inch cubes

2 carrots, diced

1/3 cup tomato juice

3/4 cup kvass

2 cups shredded red cabbage