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.
· 1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350. Toast sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes, tossing 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
Tahini should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container. It will keep for up to 3 months.
Ingredients – Recipe makes 5 Cups/40 Servings
2 (19 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, half the liquid reserved
black pepper and cumin to taste
1. In a blender, chop the garlic. Pour garbanzo beans into blender, reserving about a tablespoon for garnish. Put lemon juice, tahini, chopped garlic, and salt in blender. Add salt gradually as the blending occurs. Blend until creamy and well mixed.
2. To adjust the texture between creamy and more solid, vary the amount of liquid you drain from the can. The more liquid the creamier.
3. Transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl and store the rest in your freezer. Sprinkle with pepper and pour olive oil over the top. Garnish with a few garbanzo beans.
Serve with baked pita chips or fresh vegetables…ENJOY!
Title: Middle-Eastern Staples … Tahini and Hummus
Key Words: Middle Eastern appetizer tahini tahina dip pita sesame seeds food processor Hummus lemon cloves garlic cumin garbanzo beans garnish lemon juice garlic blend salt pepper olive oil,