Snack

Itty Bitty, Salty-Crunchy Sesame Sticks You Can Make at Home

February 14, 2017

Sesame sticks are a great vice of mine: I'll strip the bowl of any before you have a chance to get a hand in there.

But, luckily, while it'd be hard to make pretzel wheels or Fritos at home, sesame sticks are the child's play of the DIY snack food world: If you can make crackers (and you can), you can make sesame sticks. (And yes, that means I should make a batch of my own to bring to the next snacks-centered event I attend—for everyone's sake.)

These don't taste exactly like the kind you'll find in the bulk section of your grocery store (probably because they have 8 ingredients instead of 30 and they're baked, not fried), but they're pretty darn close—and they still tick off all the nutty, crunchy, salty boxes nevertheless.

To make them...

  • Mix together a simple dough (I used Epicurious' 3-Ingredient Seeded Crackers as a guide) with whole wheat flour as the base.
  • Add buckwheat groats for crunch and, following Serious Eats' recommendations, toasted sesame seeds, ground turmeric, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Then, whisk together sesame oil, water, and honey and pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients as the mixer runs.
  • When the flour has disappeared and the dough has come together, roll it between two sheets of parchment paper, as thin as you can get it without driving yourself nuts.
  • Score it with a sharp knife or—fun—a pizza cutter. You can cut all the way through, but don't separate any of the stickies (the dough will be too sticky, anyway). then slide the parchment paper onto a baking sheet and freeze for an hour.
Uncle cracker. Photo by Alpha Smoot
  • Brush the frozen cracker sheet with oil, sprinkle with more sesame seeds, and bake at 400° F for 15 to 20 minutes—the darker they are (without burning), the more flavorful and crunchy they'll be. Brush a little more sesame oil over top for the last few minutes of baking.
  • Don't worry if they're not super crisp when they first come out of the oven—they'll harden as they cool.
  • When they're cool, snap them apart with your hands (they'll break easily along the scored lines).
Give me a break, give me a... Oh wait, that's not this snack food. Photo by Alpha Smoot

Fellow sesame fiends, we no longer have an excuse to snag the sticks out of the bowl with our pincer-fingers when the other guests step away to get drinks.

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And with a reserve of homemade sesame sticks to call our own, we can munch by the palmful, yes, but also strew them atop salads, soups, and dips, too.

Next up: bagel chips.

What snack do you pick out of the snack mix? Fess up in the comments below.

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2 Comments

noknok February 16, 2017
I love sesame sticks and haven't been able to find them since moving abroad. Would love to try this recipe, but I'm 100% sure I cannot get buckwheat groats where I live. Any suggestion for substitutions? Quinoa? Wheat berries? Should I cook them first? Soak them? Or are you pulsing the dried form?
 
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Sarah J. February 17, 2017
Hi noknok, Yes, dried groats of medium granulation! But you can substitute chopped nuts or cracked wheat. I think rolled oats would work well, too! The texture of your crackers will be a little different, but they'll still be tasty.