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Serves/Makes:8 main-dish servings

  • 6 medium-size beets with tops(about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter or margarine
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cups (1175 ml) lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1-3/4 cups (425 ml) chopped tomatoes or 1 can(141/2 ounces) lower-sodium tomatoes, undrained and cut up
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) black pepper
  • 2 cups (475 ml) shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups (475 ml) bite-size pieces cooked beef, pork, or lower-sodium ham
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sugar
  • Trim leaves from beets, leaving 1 inch of stem attached.
  • If beet tops are fresh-looking and reasonably unblemished, reserve them.(Or, substitute 2 cups (475 ml) finely chopped fresh spinach for the beet tops.)
  • In a 6-quart Dutch oven, cover beets with lightly salted water.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes or until tender; drain well.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Peel beets by slipping off skins while still warm.
  • Cut beets into 1 1/2 inch x 1/4 inch sticks, measure 4 cups (950 ml).
  • Meanwhile, wash beet tops, finely chop, measure 2 cups (475 ml).
  • In same pan, melt butter over moderately high heat.
  • Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the 2 cups (475 ml) beet tops(or spinach), broth, tomatoes, marjoram, salt, dill weed, and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes or until beet tops are tender.
  • Stir in the cabbage, beef, vinegar, and sugar.
  • Carefully stir in the cooked beets. Simmer, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes more or until heated through.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
This recipe also offers a quick version by substituting 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, for the chopped beet tops and 2 cans (15 ounces each) julienne beets, drained, for the beets.

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