Get the Olympic spirit with borscht

- BY J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor

Borscht is woefully underappre­ciated in America. This classic dish from Russia not only is a great way to eat a ton of vegetables, it also can be incredibly delicious.

But it generally has a bad reputation. People think of it as a cold, stringy and mostly bland soup. While it can be served cold, that’s by no means the rule. And as for the stringy and bland part, no way.

If you’ve had a bland borscht, you just haven’t had a good one. The key is to start it off right — a nicely sauteed onion and spicy pork sausage. They add tons of flavor.

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