In our times, Christmas is one of the last remaining times that a family gets to eat together for a couple of days or more. Traditional Xmas cuisine is just dandy, but before too long you really don't want another meal based on Turkey.

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That is when it is a good idea to cook a meal somewhat exotic, and this Christmas Borscht Recipe is perfect in that role!

Ingredient list

32 oz diced canned beets
3 cup water
1 celery stalk
1 carrot, chopped into quarters
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/4 teaspoon peppercorns
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
A small amount of dairy sour cream or dill for use as a garnish

Recipe instructions

Drain beets, reserve the liquid and put beetroot aside. 

In a good sized pan mix the liquid from the beetroot, water, celery, carrot, bay leaf, garlic, peppercorns and salt. 

Bring to a rolling boil. 

Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 

Remove solid ingredients with a slotted spoon.

Stir in reserved diced beetroot, lemon juice and sugar. 

Carry on simmering for 10 minutes or until heated through. 

Serve topped with sour cream (or dill sprigs as a garnish)

If you are looking for other tasty festive recipes, you can find a good collection at Christmas Recipes EU (

We hope you have a great Xmas meal and enjoy the festive season.