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Video:Tahini Sauce

with Lea Elleseff

Learn how simple it is to make tahini sauce, a popular Middle Eastern topping for falafel, and an ingredient in both baba ganoush and hummus.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tahini Sauce

Hi, Lea Elleseff here for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make tahini sauce. Tahini sauce is a very popular addition to many Middle Eastern foods. It is a topping for falafel, and an ingredient in baba ganoush and hummus.

Tahini Ingredients

Here's what we'll need:
  • 4 c. white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • blender
  • 1-2 baking sheets

Prepare the Sesame Seeds

Begin by spreading the sesame seeds over the baking trays. Place the trays into an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees for at least 10 minutes. Stir with a spatula from time to time, making sure they get golden but not brown.

Blend the Tahini Mixture

Pour the toasted sesame seeds into a blender and add the quarter cup of olive oil. Blend them together until the mixture is smooth and pour-able, adding more oil in if the mixture is too thick to pour easily.

Storing and Using Tahini

And just like that your tahini sauce is ready to be served or stored. The great thing about this sauce is that it can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Today I'm going to use it right away, as a dressing on a simple tomato and cucumber salad. Maybe tomorrow I'll use it as a sandwich spread. The possibilities for using tahini sauce are numerous, so don't hesitate to experiment.

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