Tahini is so fun and easy to make at home, and it’s great to have at the ready to add to things like baba ghanoush or other delicious sauces. And it makes for a great foodie gift, too.I love when I can make something at home that’s sold packaged in stores. It’s fun, delicious, you know exactly what’s going into it, and in the case of this homemade Tahini, it’s super easy.
Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used primarily in Greek, Middle Eastern, North African, and Turkish cuisine.
Let’s not waste another moment . . .
To make the Tahini use approximately 6-ounces sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons sesame or grape seed oil. Makes approximately 1 cup.
Step 2: Toast the seeds until they are very aromatic and becoming golden brown. (Toasting the seeds draws the oil to the surface, intensifying the natural flavor.) This should only take a few minutes — watch them carefully as they can turn from golden to burnt within seconds.
Step 4: Blend the seeds until a paste has formed. This will take 2 to 3 minutes, and every so often, stop the processor and use a spatula to scrape down the sides.
(Using 2 tablespoons of oil with 6-ounces of sesame seeds creates a thick paste — I like to start with it thick and then add a bit more oil as I use it in various recipes, if I want a smoother finish.)