Tahini is something I make often and use for dressings and hummus. It's very quick to make, costs way less than the jarred stuff in your supermarket, and the flavor is great. It's vegan and gluten-free to boot.
To some, tahini sounds exotic and far out of reach. In reality, it's a damn simple combination of toasted sesame seeds and oil. If you've ever burned sesame seeds (or nuts) while toasting, you'll also know how easy it is to screw this up.
Start by toasting ¼ c white sesame seeds in a heavy-bottom pan.
Use medium-low heat and stir these often. You'll see them go from white to toasty brown, and that's when it's time to put them in a separate pan or bowl to cool down.
Once they've cooled down, blitz them like below. It's easy peasy.
Now add up to ¼ c grapeseed oil (or extra virgin olive oil). You want a pourable consistency, but not watery. This will end up being about ½ c.
🍽 Kitchen Critique
Tahini is so easy to make and flavorful. You're truly wasting time buying it. Just find 15 minutes and get it done, then use it in dressings, on top of fish, or making hummus.
After a few times, you'll probably start experimenting with different:
- levels of toasted seeds
- olive oils (flavor can vary dramatically)
- amounts of oil
So give a try and have some fun.
✔ What did we learn? AKA Takeaways
- Tahini takes 15 minutes or less to make - only wait time is cooling the sesame seeds.
- The challenge is not burning the sesame seeds.
- This great mixture serves multiple dishes in different ways - very flexible.