Ethiopian Tibs

Ethiopian Tibs

 

Ethiopian Tibs

Ethiopian Tibs

SpiceBreeze
Most of the Ethiopian meals require endless hours of cooking. Tibs is a convenient exception. Meat and vegetables are quickly fried with the indispensable berbere spice blend. Authentic berbere is very hot. We created a mild version with the same rich flavor. Optionally, add chilies for some heat.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Ethiopian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1 lb lamb, sirloin beef, or chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1/4 inch thin strips, about 1/2-1 inch long

Fresh Produce

  • 2 cloves garlic grated or pressed
  • 1 large onion halved and sliced
  • 1 bell pepper yellow or red or mixed, cut into 1/4 inch thin strips

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • vegetable oil *
  • salt & pepper

Berbere Culinary Spice Kit

  • Paprika, mild chilies, coriander, ginger, basil, ajwain, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek

Optional

  • 1-4 fresh jalapeño and/or red chilies finely sliced

Suggested Sides

  • flat bread Ethiop. injera ** recommended
  • rice cooked or steamed
  • tomato cucumber salad with light dressing

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • In a BOWL, mix wine, garlic, and Berbere spices. Set aside.

Tibs

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add onions and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Stir-fry 5-10 minutes over medium heat, until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the mixture from the BOWL and bell peppers.
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add 1-2 tbsp of water.
  • Add meat and stir-fry quickly over high heat for about 2 minutes, until the meat is just cooked. Add salt to taste.

Serve

  • Serve tibs with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* Ethiopian seasoned oil recommended.
** From an Ethiopian store, if available, or try our shortcut recipe.
Ethiopian Injera

Ethiopian Injera - Shortcut Version

Injera is best made with teff flour. This gluten-free grain is increasingly available in grocery stores with a wide product selection. Of course, Amazon has it too.

Authentic Ethiopian injera requires a long preparation time and many steps spread over several days. The baking requires a special pan dedicated only for injera and years of experience. Our shortcut recipe skips the long preparation and can be made on a regular pan. Though the spongy texture can't be reached, the use of teff flour creates an authentic flavor and is fun to eat.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup teff flour
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • 2 tbsp yogurt, plain

Instructions

Batter

In a BOWL, mix teff with a dash of salt and baking soda.

Add 3/4 cup of water and the yogurt.

Bake

Heat a dry PAN over medium heat.

Add 1/4 cup of the batter in the center of the PAN.

Tilt the PAN with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

Cover and cook until the batter is dried, about 2 to 5 minutes. Don't turn it.

 
Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Thanksgiving Casseroles: Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Pastel de choclo is a corn casserole that is popular throughout South America. The main layer is ‘pino’, ground meat fried with onions and typical South American spices.

Corn Blended with Basil

The corn is blended with fresh basil leaves and caramelized in the oven. Traditional fillings are olives and boiled eggs, and some cooked chicken. As always, we kept it simple, and you can skip all fillings or make it vegetarian.

Variations
  • Substitute ground meat (all or partly) with chopped vegetables, e. g. eggplants, zucchini, or mushrooms.
  • Substitute black olives with green olives.
  • Add a small carrot (thinly sliced) to the ground meat.
  • Add cooked chicken (bone- and skinless, shredded) as the second layer, on top of the ground meat.
The Pastel de Choclo Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Aji panca, cumin

basil
Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Chilean Pastel de Choclo

SpiceBreeze
Pastel de choclo is a corn casserole that is popular throughout South America. The main layer is ‘pino’, ground meat fried with onions and typical South American spices. The corn is blended with fresh basil leaves and caramelized in the oven. Traditional fillings are olives and boiled eggs, and sometimes cooked chicken. As always, we kept it simple, and you can skip a layer or make it vegetarian. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chilenean
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1 lb ground beef or poultry or mixed
  • 2 lb corn kernels
  • 8 leaves largefresh basil
  • 1 cup black olives pitted
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs sliced
  • milk
  • sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • vegetable oil
  • salt

Optional

  • raisins
  • fresh side salad

Culinary Spice

  • Aji panca, cumin

Instructions
 

Corn Paste

  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, mix corn and basil with a little milk into a creamy paste.
  • In a POT, cook the corn paste with butter and salt to taste over low heat for about 20 minutes until it thickens. Stir frequently.

Pino Filling

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry onions until they turn translucent.
  • Add meat, Pastel de Choclo spices, and salt to taste.
  • Stir-fry meat until it’s crumbled and cooked. Set aside.

Assembling

  • Coat a BAKING DISH with oil.
  • Fill it in layers, starting with the meat, add eggs, olives, and optional raisins.
  • Finish with a thick layer of the corn paste.
  • Sprinkle the top thinly with sugar.

Bake

  • Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  • Bake the pastel de choclo in the OVEN until the sugar turns brown.

Serve

  • Serve the pastel de choclo with a fresh salad of your choice (optional).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute ground meat (all or partly) with chopped vegetables, for instance, eggplants, zucchini, or mushrooms.
▪ Substitute black olives with green olives.
▪ Add a small carrot (thinly sliced) to the ground meat.
▪ Add cooked chicken (bone- and skinless, shredded) as the second layer, on top of the ground meat.