This is a recipe for a simple and easy potato soup. How is this potato soup more Ukrainian than regular potato soup? This comes from some variations on potato soup that were in my set of Ukrainian women’s cookbooks but also the memory of my baba’s creamy potato soup. Plus, this one has added Ukrainian-ness with cabbage and a cup of sour cream that makes it extra creamy.
This is an easy salad and side dish for the spring and summer. Like many Ukrainian recipes, it has cream and then you add a bit more cream. It’s a rich salad with great garlic and beet flavours.
The Instant Pot speeds up the cooking time on your beets (or in my case, one giant beet). And, you can take advantage of spring garlic if you can find this special springtime treat.
Several years ago now, I was intrigued by Olia Hercules’ recipe for Green Borscht that appeared in The Guardian. It was full of sorrel and beet greens but no beets. But, the protein was duck.
I decided to make a duck-based borscht like Olia’s but with what I had on hand. If you have sorrel and beet greens, her recipe looks amazing. This recipe uses yellow/golden beets and red chard and gets topped with some crispy duck skin.
Continue reading “Instant Pot Golden Borscht with duck”
This recipe isn’t a traditional Ukrainian-Canadian recipe. But, it’s all beets so you’re most of the way there. I’ve combined red and golden / yellow beets here but either kinds work. If you’re using both, keep them separated while marinating in the sauce – because red beets make everything red.
These beets can be made a day ahead. With some time overnight in the fridge, they become even more flavourful. A great make-ahead side dish for Easter. Continue reading “Instant Pot Beets with herb pesto”
This recipe will curdle. It’s just a fact of pressure cooking dairy with the Instant Pot. But, it totally works out in the end, and no one will know about the (deliberately curdled) disaster. Plus, it’s made in half the time. Chicken and vegetables are cooked separately with a pot-in-pot.
Chicken cooked in cream is a standard Ukrainian Sunday dinner. This manages itself into a one-pot dinner in about an hour.
This is my third recipe for borscht – a little different because this one is made (almost completely) out of canned vegetables. Bonus, there’s almost no chopping with julienne-cut beets in a can. Fast! Easy!
Kutia, a sweet mixture of cooked wheat, poppy seeds, and honey, is the most important dish of the Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal. Part of the tradition is for everyone to eat some. But, what if you have friends or family members who are celiac or avoiding gluten?
Here’s a kutia recipe that uses oat groats instead of wheat kernels. And, you’ll be done in 60 minutes!
This version of borscht is meant for the spring or summer. It uses young beets and beet leaves along with fresh, summertime ingredients like dill, fresh peas and fresh broad beans. Don’t have those things? Frozen dill, frozen peas and canned broad beans make great substitutes.
Also, a new technique that makes Instant Pot borscht-making even faster!
Bukovinian Nachinka (known as Bukovynska nachynka) is similar to my traditional nachynka recipe for the Instant Pot. This is just as easy and has just a few extra steps to add bacon.
Bukovina? It’s one of those in-between-places in Eastern Europe. The northern portion of Bukovina is part of the Ukraine. I’m not sure what makes the addition of bacon more Bukovinian but that’s how it’s called in my recipe books.
Studenetz is a Ukrainian version of head cheese – with garlic. Studenetz is a staple all year round but mostly pops up at Easter. If you’re a vegetarian – look away and head over here now.
A traditional recipe takes way over four hours to cook on the stovetop plus assembling time – but less than half that time in the Instant Pot. It’s not “instant” but end-to-end I made this recipe in 4 hours total (then refrigerated everything overnight). This recipe uses the same ingredients as my baba’s recipe.
You either love studenetz or don’t touch it. But, this has turned out to be one of my most popular recipes. So, there must be at least a few people who love it.