Beef Stew in Spicy Berbere Sauce Recipe

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Beef Stew in Spicy Berbere Sauce
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  1. In a food processor, pulse onions until very finely diced (almost puréed).
  2. Melt butter in 4- to 5-quart pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and stir until browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add ginger, paprika, cayenne, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and allspice; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, wine, and beef; bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beef is very tender when pierced, about 2 hours. Add salt to taste.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
  5. Ethiopian cooking 101:
  6. Berbere: This heady spice mixture is the basis for all Ethiopian cooking. It can feature clove, cayenne, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon, among other spices. Ground fenugreek seeds, which add a mildly sweet flavor, are also typical. Buy them at Middle Eastern markets or from Penzeys Spices ($1.09 per 1/4-cup jar; ).
  7. Injera: Authentic injera is made from fermented teff, a grain common in Ethiopia. The bread's spongy, bubbly texture is similar to that of a pancake. If authenticity is your aim, you can buy teff flour from Abyssinian Market ($25 for 5 lb.; ).
  8. Tej: This Ethiopian honey wine is the traditional match for spicy stews, but few retailers in the United States carry authentic imported tej. You can buy a bottle at many Ethiopian restaurants, but an accessible alternative is off-dry Riesling, which pairs beautifully with the spicy beef stew. Our favorite: Spätlese Rieslings from Germany's Mosel region.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 43434.31 Kcal (181851 kJ)
Calories from fat 20293.44 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2254.83g 3469%
Cholesterol 2529.98mg 843%
Sodium 35.05mg 1%
Potassium 32699.69mg 696%
Total Carbs 4315.02g 1438%
Sugars 533.41g 2134%
Dietary Fiber 379.26g 1517%
Protein 1760.71g 3521%
Vitamin C 3922.4mg 6537%
Vitamin A 50.9mg 1696%
Iron 364.6mg 2025%
Calcium 2323.1mg 232%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 2868.69 Kcal (12011 kJ)
Calories from fat 1340.32 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 148.92g 3469%
Cholesterol 167.1mg 843%
Sodium 2.31mg 1%
Potassium 2159.71mg 696%
Total Carbs 284.99g 1438%
Sugars 35.23g 2134%
Dietary Fiber 25.05g 1517%
Protein 116.29g 3521%
Vitamin C 259.1mg 6537%
Vitamin A 3.4mg 1696%
Iron 24.1mg 2025%
Calcium 153.4mg 232%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 1055.8
  • 1179

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • sodium free,
  • high fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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