Looking for Smen
I would very much love to get my hands on some Smen, the moroccan fermented butter. Anyone know if there's a purveyor anywhere near downtown?
Unfortunately I think the Ethiopians just use clarified butter which they add spice to. I don't think it's fermented. I suspect it's actually close to Normandy butter, which makes sense (I think) since the French used to be in Morocco. I've emailed the Sultan's Tent restaurant to see if they know where to find it. I'll post if they get back to me.
49 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B3, CA
My first look into the topic (Der Haroutouian, North African Cookery), suggested that ghee or clarified butter would be a good substitute. You are correct that that is not the case
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The Wiki article describes the process, but not any spicing (is there any?). Noting that there is spicing in Ethiopian clarified butter, thought that might work. Given that there is a salting and aging process, you probably won't find it made from cow's milk in Ontario, which would be non-traditional anyways. Might be best to hit the artisinal goat/sheep milk folks for the milk to separate, or source backwards from somewhere that uses the final product. Would love to know how it tastes and works in recipes compared to clarified butter. Please share.