Cold Beetroot Soup (Chłodnik)
Chłodnik is a typical Polish soup eaten in summer. It belongs to a family of cold soups that are based on sour milk or cream and some other sour principle; sauerkraut or pickle brine or some version of the fermented drink called kwas in Poland. Beets are just one of the things that can go into them.
Everything in this soup is about summer! It is fresh, aromatic and irresistible
4 to 5 medium beets (cooked)
3 pickled cucumbers
garlic cloves to taste
kefir (or natural yoghurt)
sour cream, preferably Polish-type śmetana
small cup juice from sauerkraut (optional)
cheese of your choice (I often add feta/gorgonzola or blue cheese) or hard-boiled egg (optional)
Grate the beetroots, cucumbers and mix all together.
Add salt& pepper to taste.
Cover with kefir and sour cream.
Chop dill and scallions.
Mince the garlic.
Now, combine all together.
Put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Serve the cold soup with cheese or boiled eggs.