Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What to do with leftover tahini?

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Picture from Your Dreams Coming True Cooking Blog

We have all been there. We buy an ingredient that's required for a recipe, and then have to figure out what to do with the leftovers. In my case, I'm stuck with a large jar of tahini. For those who haven't used it before, it's a sesame seed paste. The thrifty person in me needs to figure out how to use it up. Help!

In a cooking frenzy earlier this week inspired by a beautiful homegrown eggplant my parents brought me, I made a batch of baba ghanoush. One of the ingredients was tahini, which I was able to find at the store, but only in a large jar. After making the recipe, I still had at least a few cups left. I sent my mom home with some, but the huge jar is still there every time I open the fridge.

So far, my plans are to make some homemade hummus (though I didn't list it in my recipe, tahini is often added to hummus). I also found an interesting-looking tahini cookie recipe.  There is also an interesting recipe here. Do you have any other great ideas? Have you had a similar problem with another ingredient? Do share.


  1. Well, I made the tahini cookies today. They're.... OK. I did add raisins which makes them a bit more interesting, but you can tell that they are good for you (or at least not bad for you)

  2. Comment from Nicki who was having some issues with Blogger:
    "You can use it just like any other nut paste - I like it in dressings/sauces (mixed with peanut butter over noodles or with lots of lemon in a crushed chickpea and red pepper salad). Also, what's the rush? It keeps in the fridge for awhile."


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