If you’re only using tahini to make smooth, velvety hummus, then I hope it’s because you’re eating inordinate amounts of the dip morning, noon, and night. But nutty, creamy tahini is a kitchen superstar in many other cases—and should be treated as such. The versatile sesame paste effortlessly lends fattiness and a smooth texture to soups, sauces, and dips without an overpowering taste. And the toasted flavor of tahini in baked goods gives cakes and cookies and bread extra depth and oomph. So, if you’re ready to take a break from the hummus (or just want some tahini inspiration), here are 13 ways to use up that jar.
How do you use tahini? Share your favorite recipes and dishes in the comments!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).