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A question about a recipe: Dr. Zhivago Borscht

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I have a question about step 2 on the recipe "Dr. Zhivago Borscht" from Naked Beet. It says:

"Peel and cut the carrots into rounds, and for the potatoes, cut them into 1/2? size cubes or small chunks. (I prefer my vegetables small as I find they distribute a lot better into individual bowls.) Add them to the pot as they're ready. Then add the chopped celery and the juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon. Bring your heat up and cook the soup until a fork easily pierces through one of the larger beet pieces; this should take about 15 minutes on medium low heat."

Where are the garlic cloves in the ingredients introduced?

asked by mbergner over 5 years ago
2 answers 2141 views
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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added over 5 years ago

They don't show up until step 6: "If you want to make the soup a bit spicier, add thin slices of garlic to the soup before serving. If you want just a hint of garlic, then rub a cut clove over the crust of your bread."

We went with thin slices -- you can probably see them, peeking out of the pink soup in Sarah Shatz' photo.

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added over 5 years ago

Yep, they're optional in this borscht. You could add them into the soup directly, but I find that the bite of fresh garlic is much more interesting if added toward the end, or just rubbed on the crusts of sliced bread alongside the soup. Hope it comes out to your liking!