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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tahini Sesame Seed Paste

Tahini Sesame Seed Paste
Tahini is a Middle Eastern pantry essential. It is the foundation for many Middle Eastern recipes like hummus and baba ghanush.

Tahini can be prepared homemade or purchased at a Middle Eastern grocer in a can. It is called tahini or tahina, depending on the region.

Ingredients - Tahini Sesame Seed Paste:
  • 5 cups sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil
Preparation - Tahini Sesame Seed Paste:
  • Preheat oven to 350. Toast sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes, shaking the seeds frequently with a spatula. Do not allow to brown. Cool for 20 minutes.
  • Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add oil. Blend for 2 minutes. Check for consistency. The goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.
Yield: 4 cups

Storing Tahini

Tahini should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container. It will keep for up to 3 months.

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