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Spicy Berbere Steak with Fresh Cheese and Lemon Vinaigrette Salad

June 15, 2017

Spicy Berbere Steak with Fresh Cheese and Lemon Vinaigrette Salad

Transforms a humble sirloin into an exotic and complex dish with the warmth of Berbere spice blend. Add to that a tangy cheese, a lemony fresh salad, and a simple steak sandwich will never be the same again! 

Serves 4


  • 2 cups (480 mL) plain Balkan yogurt (not low-fat)
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh garlic
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) fresh ginger
  • 2 yellow onions, minced
  • 1 tbsp Berbere Spice
  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) sirloin steak
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22.5 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 slices ACE Bakery Sourdough Oval
Lemon Vinaigrette Salad
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 8 slices tomato, cut in half
  • 1/4 English cucumber, sliced
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (37.5 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste



  1. Bring the yogurt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil for 4 or 5 minutes or until the curds have separated from the whey. Line a sieve with cheesecloth or a clean tea towel and carefully strain the yogurt over a bowl, gathering up the edges of the cheesecloth and squeezing out the excess liquid. This is an Ethiopian-style cheese called Ayib and it is a firm, tangy cheese with the texture of dry cottage cheese.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, onions, salt and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of Berbere Spice Mix. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and golden brown, for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. While the onions are cooking, slice the steak across the grain into ¼-inch (6-mm) strips. Heat a grill pan over medium heat and cook the steak to desired doneness, about 1 minute per side for medium. Add the steak and 1½ Tbsp (22.5 mL) of the lemon juice to the spiced onion mixture, stirring to coat evenly and keep warm. Season with a little salt if desired.
  4. For the Lemon Vinaigrette Salad, toss together the shredded iceberg lettuce, the tomato and cucumber slices, with the lemon juice and the olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper if desired.
  5. To assemble the sandwiches, place 4 slices of bread on a cutting board and divide the meat among the bases. Top with Lemon Vinaigrette Salad, a few crumbles of the fresh cheese and the top slice of sourdough.


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    Source: Ace Bakery



    Photo Credit to: Ace Bakery

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