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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Olympic Dinner: Africa - Tibs Wat

We enjoy the Olympics and have been really enjoying the London games.  We are about a day behind, so no spoilers please.  

We had a really fun Olympic themed dinner over the weekend.  For our Olympic dinners, we will usually have food from the host country.  This time, we decided on something a bit different as we have had quite a few British theme dinners over the past six months.  This time, we chose a dish from each of the areas represented in the Olympics.

From Africa, we chose Ethiopian Tibs Wat, which is essentially a spicy beef stew.  This was my favorite dish when we visited there.  Here's how we made it:

Tibs Wat

  • 2 pounds of beef (I used a cut ready for stir-fry as I wanted it to be tender without hours of cooking)
  • 4 jalapenos
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons Berbere (traditional Ethiopian spice, if you can't find it, you can make your own)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine


Begin to brown the beef over medium heat.

Chop the jalapenos.

Add the jalapenos and berbere to the beef mixture and continue to cook.

Stir in the tomato paste...

... and the red wine.

Cook over medium heat for another 30 minutes or until the beef is tender.  Adjust the seasoning as needed, and if it begins to look dry, add water or additional wine.

When it is done, serve it with injera (Ethiopian flat bread that is something like a sourdough pancake) or even on its own. Delicious!!

Have you ever had Ethiopian food?


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1 comment:

  1. This is very interesting... I have never eaten Ethiopian food but prepare food made from Togo and Ghana, West Africa. Thanks for sharing on foodie friends friday.