- Slice the unpeeled onion in half widthways and fry off the cut surfaces without fat until fairly well browned.
- Put around 3 litres of water into a large saucepan. Add the root vegetables, leek, halves of onion, bay leaves and peppercorns and bring to the boil. Add the washed meat and bones and, depending on the type of meat, allow to cook until softened in gently simmering water, which will take around 2 ½ – 3 hours. Meanwhile add more water as required and skim off any scum which comes to the surface.
- Season well with salt, but only after 2 hours.
- Once the meat has softened, remove it from the pan and keep it warm in some of the liquid from the soup. Season the remainder of the soup again with salt to taste and strain it, if preferred. Serve with semolina dumplings or frittata and freshly chopped chives as a starter.
- Slice the boiled beef by carving across the direction of the meat tissue and arrange as preferred on pre-heated plates, or serve in the hot soup in a decorative soup tureen.
Serve with roast potatoes, a bread and horseradish mix, green beans in a dill sauce or creamed spinach and chive sauce. If the root vegetables are to be served at the same time, cook some of them separately to be served al dente.
Cooking time: approx. 2 ½ – 3 hours
Source: Austrian National Tourist Office