For the uninitiated, berbere is a traditional Ethiopian spice blend composed of chiles, garlic, fenugreek and a handful of warm spices, such as allspice and cinnamon. In this recipe from Marcus Samuelsson, the flavors of this blend come together to create a complex seasoning perfect for everything from marinating meat to sprinkling over fruit.
The best part of this spice blend is its versatility. You’ll find Samuelsson at his restaurant Red Rooster sprinkling it over the minced raw beef in an Ethiopian tartare dish unlike anything you’ve ever had. He also uses that same blend on ricotta toast and chunks of sweet pineapple for a unique twist.
To learn more, read “Grin and Berbere It.”
Marcus Samuelsson's Berbere SpiceRecipe adapted from Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster, New York, NY
Yield: ¾ cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time