Beef Tartare with Spiced Clarified Butter (Kitfo)

Beef Tartare with Spiced Clarified Butter (Kitfo)
Minced raw beef is flavored with mitmita, a fiery spice blend that typically includes bird's-eye chiles, cumin seeds, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.©Peter Cassidy, courtesy of Interlink Books

Kitfo is one of Ethiopia's most renowned recipes, originating in the Gurage region. Ethiopians prefer to use a cut called shent, which is closest to the North American rib-eye. While it's preferable to cut the meat by hand, you can also grind it. Ask your butcher to pass it twice through the grinder and use only the freshest, highest-quality beef.

Adapted from Ethiopia: Recipes and Traditions from the Horn of Africa (2019) by Yohanis Gebreyesus with Jeff Koehler. Published by Interlink Books.

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