Polish White Borscht Recipe – Bialy Barszcz

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White borscht is a classic Polish Easter dish packed with flavor and made with simple ingredients you already have on hand and which have religious symbolism. Your family will love this soup any time of the year. 

Polish White Borscht Recipe – Bialy Barszcz

White borscht is a classic Polish Easter dish packed with flavor and made with simple ingredients you already have on hand and which have religious symbolism. Your family will love this soup any time of the year.

 

Keeping holiday traditions makes us connected to our roots and it’s a way to create positive memories, build relationships, teach values, and foster a sense of belonging. However, establishing new traditions for your family isn’t very difficult, especially when they’re food-related. All it takes is a little help from your friend, aka me. 🙂

 

Dipping into Polish Easter traditions, I discovered that they serve white borscht soup, bialy barszcz, for breakfast. Potatoes, eggs, sausage…it sounds breakfasty (is it a word?) to me.

 

With roots dating back to the early history of Poland, the blessing of the Easter basket on Holy Saturday is a tradition dear to the hearts of every Polish family. Typically, the basket contains:

 

  • Maslo (Butter) – This dairy product is often shaped into a lamb (Baranek Wielkanocny) or cross. This reminds us of the goodwill of Christ that we should have towards all things.
  • Babka (Easter Bread) – A round or long loaf topped with a cross or a fish, symbolic of Jesus, who is the Bread of Life.
  • Chrzan (Horseradish) – Symbolic of the Passion of Christ still in our minds.
  • Jajka (Eggs) and Pisanki (decorated with symbols of Easter, of life, of prosperity) – Indicates new life and Christ’s Resurrection from the tomb.
  • Kielbasa (Sausage) – A sausage product, symbolic of God’s favor and generosity.
  • Szynka (Ham) – Symbolic of great joy and abundance. Some prefer lamb or veal. The lamb also reminds Christians that the Risen Christ is the “Lamb of God.”
  • Slonina (Smoked Bacon) – A symbol of the overabundance of God’s mercy and generosity.
  • Sol (Salt) – A necessary element in our physical life. Symbolic of prosperity and justice and to remind us that people are the flavor of the earth.
  • Ser (Cheese) – Symbolic of the moderation Christians should have at all times.
  • Candle – Represents Christ as the Light of the World.
  • Colorful Ribbons and Sprigs of Greenery – are attached to the basket as signs of joy and new life in the season of spring and in celebration of the Resurrection.
  • Linen Cover – drawn over the top of the basket which is ready for the priest’s visit to the home or the trip to the church where it is joined with the baskets of others to await the blessing. The food is then set aside and enjoyed on Easter Sunday.

 

If you think you can’t adopt this tradition because you’re not Polish, then you have to give up paczkis and kiflies too. 😉

 

But fear not, my friend! If you prefer your breakfast in a solid form, I’ve got you covered. You will love Croatian breakfast casserole with ham and bacon. Also, I have delicious recipes for you at the bottom of the post as today is the second day of #EasterRecipes. I’m participating in a group share this week so there will be more on Friday.

 

I will bring you a sweet treat from Romania. Eastern European Easter traditions are exquisite and close to my heart. If you missed the first day of Easter recipes, you can find them at the bottom of my puff pastry eggs with ham & cheese post.

 

See, I make it easy for you to find new food traditions. It’s an oxymoron but I can’t think of another word.

 

Do you have Easter traditions or do you wing it each year? I’d love to hear it, so let me know in the comments. I’m definitely adding this flavorful Polish breakfast soup to mine.

 

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Polish White Borscht Recipe

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Polish Easter breakfast soup 

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, tough green parts trimmed, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, cut into wedges

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • This soup is creamy and silky, but don’t purée the ingredients if you prefer it super chunky. 
  • You can use fresh-grated or prepared horseradish.

 

ESSENTIALS

for Polish White Borscht Soup


 

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a Dutch oven or saucepan, bring water and kielbasa to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes (this will flavor the water).
  2. Pour the liquid and kielbasa into a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Return saucepan to medium heat. Add butter, leek, onion, and garlic; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add reserved liquid, potatoes, marjoram, and bay leaf and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Discard bay leaf and using an immersion blender or a food processor, purée soup (leave some chunks if you desire).
  5. In a small bowl, whisk flour and sour cream together until smooth. Whisk in 1/2 cup soup until smooth. Pour the mixture into the soup. Simmer the soup, stirring constantly until thickened, about 5-10 minutes; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cut the kielbasa into slices and add to the soup. Stir in horseradish. Garnish with dill, parsley, and eggs.

 

a bowl of white Polish borscht

Delicious white Polish soup recipe

5 from 2 votes
Polish White Borscht Easter Breakfast Soup - Bialy Barszcz
Polish White Borscht Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Classic Polish Easter dish made with simple ingredients and packed with flavor is traditionally served for breakfast.
Course: Breakfast, Soup
Cuisine: Polish
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 leek tough green parts trimmed, sliced
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs cut into wedges
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven or saucepan, bring water and kielbasa to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes (this will flavor the water).
  2. Pour the liquid and kielbasa into a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Return saucepan to medium heat. Add butter, leek, onion, and garlic; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add reserved liquid, potatoes, marjoram, and bay leaf and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Discard bay leaf and using an immersion blender or a food processor, purée soup (leave some chunks if you desire).
  5. In a small bowl, whisk flour and sour cream together until smooth. Whisk in 1/2 cup soup until smooth. Pour the mixture into the soup. Simmer the soup, stirring constantly until thickened, about 5-10 minutes; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cut the kielbasa into slices and add to the soup. Stir in horseradish. Garnish with dill, parsley, and eggs.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

  • This soup is creamy and silky, but don't purée the ingredients if you prefer it super chunky.
  • You can use fresh-grated or prepared horseradish.

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  1. Reply
    T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
    April 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This soup looks so creamy and delicious! I’m pinning it, so I can make it later! Yum!
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      Jas
      April 3, 2018 at 12:28 am

      Thank you much! x

  2. Reply
    Miz Helen
    April 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for sharing your special post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 3, 2018 at 12:29 am

      I sure did. Thanks, Miz Helen. 🙂

  3. Reply
    Jann Olson
    March 30, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    This is so interesting and looks delicious! I make a dish from my heritage called haluska. It’s a Czech dish of cabbage and potato dumplings. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 30, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Oh, that sounds delicious, Jann! Now you’ve got me hungry. 🙂

  4. Reply
    Laura Sampson
    March 30, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Tried to pin this and pinterest blocked it because it leads to inappropriate links?!? Weird I’ll try again. This recipe sounds so good. Can’t wait to try it.
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      Jas
      March 30, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      Oh no! Hope it was a fluke. I don’t put inappropriate links….hm. Now I’m worried.

  5. Reply
    Angie | Fiesta Friday
    March 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Bialy soup?! I had a bialy once, it was a bread 😀 But I’ll have both kinds, please! If possible both at once. Sounds delicious, Jas. I LOVE potato soup!
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      Jas
      March 30, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      I don’t speak Polish, Angie, LOL. It could be bread too. Heck, English has same names for different things as well, so who knows? 🙂

  6. Reply
    Chas
    March 28, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Looks fantastic – Pinned! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!
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      Jas
      March 29, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Thank you very much!

  7. Reply
    Christie Campbell
    March 25, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Never heard of white borscht. Looks delicious!
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      Jas
      March 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks, Christie!

  8. Reply
    moois van me
    March 25, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Hm! Sound fascinating! I have to try this! Thanks!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:16 am

      You’re welcome. I’m sure you’ll like it. 🙂

  9. Reply
    Cindy @CindysRecipesAndWritings
    March 22, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks for the great background on these Easter traditions. Sounds like quite a tasty soup!
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      Jas
      March 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you, Cindy! It really is tasty 🙂

  10. This is my kind of soup and I especially love the hard-boiled eggs. Perfect for after Easter, when I always seem to have a few dozen hard-boiled eggs laying around!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Yes, that’s a great way to use them up 🙂

  11. Reply
    Carlee
    March 21, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I am not giving up paczki, so I guess I had better get my Easter basket ready! Interestingly my husband is actually half Polish and he won’t touch kielbasa (or pierogi!) Luckily I do and I think this soup looks amazing!
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      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      LOL, you better! I wish my husband doesn’t like kielbasa and pierogies. Then there would be more for me, ha! 🙂

  12. Reply
    Wendy
    March 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Love this recipe Jas. My husband is Polish so we eat a lot of Polish foods and celebrate a lot of Polish traditions but I have never heard of this soup. Can’t wait to serve it up to them.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Oh, how neat! That would be an awesome surprise even if he also never heard of it. 😀

  13. Reply
    Camilla at Culinary Adventures
    March 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I can’t wait to try this, Jas!! It looks so warming and delicious.
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      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you, Camilla. It really is 😀

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