- Rice (I used healthy brown rice)
- Chicken Thigh Filets
- Ground Beef
- Bell Peppers
- Tomato Paste
- Fresh greens (dill and parsley) – I forgot to buy it so I didn’t use it
First and foremost you need to prepare dough. It must rise for about 2 hours. So, within 2 hours you can be working on other things. To make dough you need to add sugar, flour, yeasts, and warm water into a pan. Then cover a pan and put it in a warm place. Let it rise for while.
Cook 2 cups of rice. Make sure it is a little under cooked, because you will continue cooking later when it is wrapped in the cabbage leaves. So, turn down the fire and let it stay in a slightly boiling water for a while.
Wash beets and put them in the pot. They will need to cook for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, you can continue making your other dishes. You will need to learn how to multitask if you want to feed a group of people in two-three hours with a very nice delicious 5 course meal.
After your dough does not stick to your fingers, you can splash some oil on the top of it and using your knockles, fist it down. After you have done so, you will need to cover your dough and let it stay like that for another hour.
Meanwhile, while onions are frying, dough is rising, beets are boiling, cabbage is cooking, prepare carrots by shredding them through the cheese grader. You will need to add them eventually into the frying pan with onions.
Add carrots into the frying pan with onions. After carrots become slightly soft, add your favorite spices.
Meanwhile, you also have to spare some carrot-onion mix for our cabbage wraps. So, add your mix into rice-beef mix and add additional spices as needed. Mix it well.
Check if your beets are cooked by poking them with a fork. If the fork goes easy through them, then it means that beets are cooked. Put the pot under the water to cool them down so you can easily shred them through a cheese grader.
Add mushrooms almost at the end of your cooking. I typically add them at the end of every dish I cook because they remain crunchy at the end of cooking.
So, borstch is done, now we have to roll our cabbage rolls called holubtsi. Have you leaf of cabbage on your palm, then add a tablespoon of your stuffing (rice, ground beef, vegetables).
After your slow cooker is filled, add tomato paste at the top and hot boiling water, so it covers fully the pot.
Prepare the dough for vareniki and pelmeni (raviolis with cooked potatoes and ground beef).
Check on your bread if it is cooked by poking through with a long wooden fork or knife. If the dough does not stick, then bread is cooked.