Grandmother Lusia’s Ukranian Gherkin, Pork and Buckwheat Soup


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Grand Dishes: Time-perfected recipes and stories from grandmothers of the world

By Iska Lupton and Anastasia Miari

Published 2021

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This soup, called rassolnik, is my grandmother Lusia’s dish. She was both strong and gentle, a mother of six and an incredible cook. The meat needs to have a good amount of fat on it, as this is the whole point of using gherkins - they cut through the fat beautifully. You should only use brined gherkins, as even the nicest vinegar will spoil this dish. Look for a label with ogórek kwaszony in Polish or Eastern European shops. It does not take long to make this