Tahini is used by itself or combined with other ingredients to add a rich, nutty flavor to many Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African dishes.
But if you don’t live in those places, tahini may be difficult to find – or expensive. Luckily, if you have sesame seeds and a little bit of olive oil you can make fresh taat home in your food processor.
How To Make Tahini
A simple recipe for tahini using sesame seeds and oil.
Toast sesame seeds in a pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring so they don't burn. Remove seeds from heat and allow to cool for a minute.
Add the seeds to food processor and blend until smooth. Slowly add in the oil until a liquid like consistency is achieved.
If you have sesame seeds that were already toasted when you bought them, you can use them – but you should still warm them up in a pan on medium-low heat. It will help them release their oil when blending.
Store the unused tahini in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the fridge for up to 1 month.