Zur

Tags: Polish, soup
Created: 2017/04/23
Żur (diminutive żurek) is sour, salty, and creamy at the same time, which makes it unlike almost anything else.
. Serves 4–6. 13 steps
soup
1 large onion coarsely chopped   fry until lightly browned
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1/4 litres water Bring to boil, lower heat, simmer uncovered 40 minutes. Strain, and discard vegetables.   cook at low boil for 20 minutes
1 large onion halved
1 large carrot trimmed, peeled
1 large parsnip
1/2 celery root
1 tablespoon dried marjoram
120ml light cream stir in, bring to boil
zakwas
115g rye flour Place in 1 litre preserving jar with a valve top. Leave in a warm place for 4–5 days, agitating from time to time. Strain. This should yield 2 cups of sour fermented zakwas.
2 cloves garlic slice
500ml water warm
1 tablespoon salt
3 allspice berries
6 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf broken
Serve over halved hard-boiled eggs. Optionally, add dried mushrooms to the soup.
Keep a tablespoon of the zakwas and use it to kick-start the next batch. The first batch can sometimes taste off. If off-flavours persist, try using boiled chilled water. The zakwas should turn an intense off-white, and smell sour. The strained zakwas can be bottled and kept in the fridge.
The original version had 115g bacon and 1kg biały kiełbasa fried with the onion, plus 55g grated horseradish stirred in with the cream.