Recipe: Solyanka

Today I was lucky enough to receive a special cookery lesson on  how to make Solyanka.

  • Speck, bacon lardons
  • a variety of cooked meats (ham, salami, sausage) cut into small pieces
  • jar of pickled gerkins, cut into small pieces
  • Tomato puree
  • Cream 
  • capers
  • Stock
  • lemon
  • 2 onions
  • bay leaf, salt and pepper for seasoning.


  • Dice the onions finely and fry with the speck until cooked. 
  • Add the bacon lardons and fry until browned before adding a bowl of the chopped cooked meat to the stock pot.
  • Add enough tomato puree to the pot so that the mixture is well covered. Now we add water to the pot - perhaps 2 or 3 ltrs depending on the amount of meat you have used. Chop up the gerkins into small pieces and add to the stock pot.
  • Crumble 3 or 4 oxo cubes to the pot and stir before bringing to the boil.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes and add a slice of lemon and a dollop of cream to each bowl before serving.

Wir haben die ingredients

Onions and the bacon fat frying

Ready to cook - just need to bring it to boil and simmer for 20 minutes


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