I use A LOT of tahini. I need it for hummus, salad dressing, sauces and as a spread for my new favorite sandwich (that I came up with during a moment of divine inspiration. Recipe below.) The problem is, tahini is expensive! The supermarket brand, which I don’t love, is $7 a can. Once Again, my favorite brand, is $10 a jar. Yikes!
Clearly, I needed to learn how to make my own. The good news is that is EASY, delish and SO MUCH CHEAPER. I found a recipe on Kimberly Killegrew’s The Daring Gourmet website. All you need are sesame seeds, a little oil and a food processor or blender. I ordered a five pound bag of hulled sesame seeds… (as I mentioned I use A LOT of tahini.) You toast the seeds until they are golden brown; let ’em cool, toss ’em in the food processor with a little olive oil and that’s it! One thing I did do differently than Kimberly was toast the sesame seeds on a parchment-lined cookie sheet in the oven, rather than in a skillet on the stove top.
Now for the sandwich! I invented this recipe while I was rushing around making lunch one morning, When you are a strict vegetarian and short on time, you need to get a little creative when it comes to lunch sometimes. You will need two slices of bread. I prefer rye. Spread the tahini on both slices. Drizzle Sriracha sauce over the tahini. Drizzle honey over the sriracha sauce. Add a slice of beautiful tomato (preferably from the Farmer’s Market or at least organic.) Enjoy with or without a pickle. It is so good! It’s sweet and hot with the yummy nuttiness from the sesame seeds. Oh my goodness!
Do you make your own tahini? Would you try it now that you know how easy and cheap it is? Leave me a reply. I would love to hear from you.