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Rassol'nik - Kidney Soup
Russia

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You can't get much more Russian than this soup - and it's delicious too. Normally you start by making a batch of Russian Beef Stock, but other beef stocks can be used as well. You can serve a bowl of sour cream to be mixed in as desired by individual diners, but this soup can stand on its own too. If kidneys just aren't your thing you could try sausages.



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Beef Stock (1)
Beef Kidneys (2)
Onion
Celery & leaves
Turnip, purple
Butter
Tomatoes
Tomato Paste
Potatoes
Bay Leaf
Pickles, sour
Pickle Juice
Garlic
Parsley
Salt
Pepper
-- Garnish
Dill, chopped
Parsley, chopped  
-- Serve with
Sour Cream (opt)
Prep   -   (40 min)
  1. Make the BEEF STOCK if you don't have it on hand.
  2. From BEEF KIDNEYS remove all membranes and any obvious plumbing. trim off as much of the fat as you can.
  3. Put Kidneys in a pot and cover with plenty of cold water. On high heat bring to a rolling boil (uncover before it boils or it'll foam over). Pour out the water, rinse the kidneys and clean all the scum out of the pot.
  4. Cover the Kidneys with fresh cold water and bring to a boil again, and again drain, rinse, and clean the pot.
  5. Put the Kidneys back in the pot with a third change of cold water, just enough to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Reserve 2 cups of the kidney cooking water. Drain Kidneys and dice into about 3/8 inch cubes.
  7. Chop ONION medium, chop CELERY medium, dice TURNIP about 1/2 inch. Mix all.
  8. Dice TOMATOES about 1/2 inch.
  9. Peel POTATOES, cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Hold in cold water until needed.
  10. Crush GARLIC and chop fine. Chop PICKLES and PARSLEY small. Mix.
  11. Chop DILL and PARSLEY for garnish.
Run   -   (1-1/4 hrs)
  1. Into an adequate pot, pour Beef Stock, reserved Kidney Water and Kidneys. Bring to a simmer.
  2. In a sauté pan heat 2 T Butter and fry Onion mix, stirring over moderate heat until onions are light golden. Stir in Tomatoes, Tomato Paste and Bay Leaf. Fry stirring until Tomatoes are soft. Add all to the pot and simmer for about 1/2 hour.
  3. Drain Potatoes and add to pot along with Pickle Juice. Bring to a boil and season to taste with Salt and Pepper. Continue simmering for 20 minutes or so until the potatoes are thoroughly cooked.
  4. Serve hot, garnished with chopped Dill and Parsley. Serve Sour Cream on the side for any who want it.
NOTES:
  1. Beef Stock: It's best to start this soup by making a batch of Russian Beef Stock which takes about 4 hours but not a lot of attention most of that time. Of course you can use beef stock made by other methods too. Once you have the stock it takes about an hour or so to make this soup.
  2. Beef Kidneys can be pretty hard to find these days. Markets serving a Russian or Eastern European community are a good bet though. For details see our Beef Kidneys page.
  3. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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