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Ostrich and Foie Gras Kitfo - Ethiopian Style Steak Tartare with Foie Gras and Grilled Vidalia Onion
Chef Morou of Signatures — Washington, D.C.
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 6 servings


    For the Kitfo
  • ¼ cup spiced butter (see recipe below)
  • 4 teaspoons green pepper, chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons chiles, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom, ground
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion, grilled, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons berbere sauce (see recipe below)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pound Ostrich fan filet, diced
  • ¼ pound foie gras, seared, chopped
  • 4 Injara Bread (any flat bread may be substituted)

  • For the Spiced Butter
  • 1 pound unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 4 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

  • For the Berbere Sauce (makes 1 ¼ cups)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek
  • Dried chile, seeded
  • ½ cup dried onions
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup red wine


Prepare the Spiced Butter:
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter slowly; do not let it brown. Once the butter has completely melted, bring the butter to a boil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until the surface is transparent and the milk solids on the bottom of the pan are brown.

Place a sieve lined with a double layer of cheesecloth over a bowl. Slowly pour off the clear liquid. Discard the spices and solids. Set liquid aside until needed.

Prepare the Berbere Sauce:
In a frying pan, toast the cumin, cloves, cardamom, allspice, fenugreek and chile. In a food processor, combine the toasted spices with the onions, salt, ginger, garlic, turmeric, oil and wine. Pulse until the mixture is smooth. Remove mixture from the food processor and store in an air-tight container until ready to use.

Prepare the Kitfo:
In a large skillet over low heat, melt the spiced butter. Add the green pepper, chiles, ginger, garlic, and cardamom. Increase the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the mixture from the heat and place in a bowl. Allow mixture to cool for 15 minutes.

When mixture is cold, stir in the grilled onion, lemon zest, and berbere sauce. Add the raw Ostrich and the foie gras. Mix thoroughly. Season with salt, to taste.

To serve:
Lay a piece of injara bread on a plate. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of the kitfo filling near the bottom edge of the bread. Fold the bottom and sides around the filling. Then roll the bread into a cigar shape. Top with a spoonful of berbere sauce and serve.