Tahini

Tahini is a sesame seed paste – ground sesame seeds (roasted or otherwise) and olive oil.  It’s a component of humus, and an alternative to peanut butter for those with a peanut allergy.

Health Information

Prerequisites

  • Frying pan and wooden spoon if roasting on the stovetop, or microwave
  • Baking sheet if roasting in the oven
  • Coffee/spice grinder
  • Food processor
  • Measuring cups

Ingredients

  • Sesame seeds: 1 cup
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil: 2+ tablespoons
  • Salt

Instructions

Roasting on the Stovetop

  1. Add the sesame seeds to the frying pan on medium heat
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon
  3. Toast the seeds until they are lightly colored (not brown) and fragrant – about 5 minutes
  4. Allow the seeds to cool

Roasting in the Oven

  1. Preheat oven at 350° F
  2. Spread the sesame seeds on a rimmed baking sheet
  3. Toast the seeds, stirring once or twice, until they are lightly colored (not brown) and fragrant – about 5 minutes
  4. Allow the seeds to cool

Food Preparation

  1. Grind the seeds in the coffee/spice grinder
  2. Add the ground seeds to the food processor
  3. Add oil to the food processor.
  4. Process for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture forms a thick and fairly smooth paste
  5. Add salt to taste and process until combined
  6. Transfer the tahini to an airtight container

Tips

  • You can make homemade tahini from any sesame seeds: unhulled or natural, hulled, raw, sprouted, or toasted. Each variety lends a different flavor, color, and texture to the tahini
  • A neutral oil such as grapeseed oil, and/or a small amount of sesame oil can be used in place of olive oil
  • For thinner tahini, add more oil: 1-2 tablespoons at a time, and process until at the desired consistency
  • If the mixture separates in storage, stir it

Notes

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