Tahini has to be one of my favorite condiments out there.
Besides olive oil.
Ok, it comes in as a strong #3.
So what is tahini any way? It's simply sesame seed butter. They are typically hulled sesame seeds ground up to make the paste or butter consistency. I choose to roast mine and blend them with a touch of salt. It is a very similar process of making peanut butter, which is also a favorite of mine.
Why do I make it at home? Well, it is never at my "up the road" grocery store. Meaning, if I want it, I have to go to Whole Foods which is about 30 minutes away. I use it so often, it has become a staple in my pantry and a hassle if I need to make a special trip to get it. It also cost $7-9 for a jar. So there's that. One day, I ended up grabbing a bunch of seeds from the bulk bin, which is about $3 a pound, and came up with this simple solution. Plus, it really does taste so much better that the jar stuff.
Tahini is also has some great health benefits. It is full of minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron. It has lots of calcium and more protein than most nuts out there. I've also read it can aid in decreasing migraines and anemia.
Plus, it is so versatile. I use mine mainly in hummus and salad dressings, but it is amazing in stir fry, sauces, and even on toast. I've been dying to find time to make cookies with it too.
Creamy, salty, sesame butter that can be used in everything from hummus to salad dressing.
- 3 cups sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame seeds, 1 cups at a time, and slowly toast. Stir the seeds and keep an eye out to make sure they don't burn. Once toasted, transfer to a bowl to let them cool.Once all 3 cups are toasted and cooled, transferred seeds to a food processor. Add the salt and process on high or until you get a peanut butter like texture. This can take any where from 5-10 minutes.Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.
Yield: 2 cups