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Seriously Meatless: Tahina Recipe

Seriously Meatless: Tahina Recipe
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    Appetizers and Hors d'Oeuvres

  • Cusine



1 cup raw sesame tahini

2 cloves garlic, completely crushed into a paste

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cumin

Juice of 3 lemons

Optional garnishes : extra virgin olive oil, sumac, paprika, toasted pine nuts, parsley, olives


If the oil has separated in your tahini, stir it back together, then measure 1 cup into a good sized bowl. Mix the garlic, salt, cumin and lemon juice into the tahini. Start vigorously beating in cold water, 1/4 cup or so at a time, until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. You'll see it start to emulsify, lighten in color and become easier to stir. It will probably take about 3/4 cup of water total. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, lemon juice, or cumin as needed. The traditional way to serve tahina is in a large, flat bowl. Form a swirl with the back of a spoon, and then apply any of the garnishes listed above.