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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Raw Tahini Dip

In my quest for mayonnaise that does not taste like tahini (though good, it does not work with everything), I tried making raw tahini to achieve a milder, less toasty flavor. This experiment failed miserably for how I originally wanted to use it - my food processor left it with too much texture for mayonnaise. Faced with a lot of raw tahini, I decided to make a tahini dip for friends who were coming to dinner. Happily, it turned out great! The texture made the dip interesting and everybody ended up liking the sharp lemon-garlic taste. So I'm going to post the recipe - what was originally a failure for one use turned out to be a success for another use. I love that.

For the tahini
6 ounces hulled sesame seeds
water
olive oil

Soak the sesame seeds in water for 2 - 3 hours. Pour the seeds into a sieve and let drain for another hour. Place the seeds into a food processor or blender. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and blend. Blend for a few minutes, adding more olive oil or water to reach a consistency that is neither too thick nor too runny (I ended up using 1/3 cup olive oil and 1/3 cup water). Not all the seeds will blend so the texture will not be too smooth. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

For the dip
1 cup raw tahini

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 - 4 minced cloves garlic
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve with crackers and crudites.

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