The Scoop on Tahini

If you’ve ever come into Roma’s and browsed the shelves to take a mental inventory, you’ve probably noticed some pretty interesting items that you may have never heard of. Among these items one may have been tahini. Relatively high in protein, calcium and fiber and a great source of amino acids, tahini is used in a plethora of ways— everything from sauces to desserts. If you’re interested in expanding your views of the culinary world and incorporating a new ingredient into your diet, tahini may be a great option for you!

Tahini is an oil-based paste, made out of ground sesame seeds. It’s used in various cultures throughout the Eastern hemisphere, especially in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions. Each one of these cultures manipulates the use of the ingredient to adapt to their culinary palette. For instance, in Iraq, tahini is used in sweet syrup with dates and eaten as a dessert; but more often than not, it’s used as a savory addition to dishes— such as its major role in the popularized hummus dip.

Considering tahini has been on the market in the United States since the 1940s, it’s interesting that commercial use of the ingredient hasn’t taken off quicker! In hopes to expedite that process, we’re supplying you with this great recipe for Baba Ganoush, a popular eggplant dip in the Mediterranean diet. However, there are so many other ways to incorporate tahini into your dishes. Tahini isn’t difficult to make on your own, but if you’d rather skip that step, we hope you’ll make Roma’s your choice when purchasing yours. Happy snacking!

Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip)

What You’ll Need:

  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Tahini
  • Sea salt

(Seriously, that’s it)

How to Prepare:

  • Slice eggplant into ¼ inch slices, sprinkle with sea salt and let dry in a colander for several minutes
  • Rub with olive oil, place on baking sheet and broil on high for 5-10 minutes, flipping halfway to even out each side
  • Remove skins of eggplant and add flesh of eggplant into food processor with juice of the lemon, garlic to taste and sea salt to taste, plus 2 tablespoons to 1/3 cup of tahini (depending on what kind of texture you want)
  • Blend until smooth and creamy
  • Serve with pita chips or veggies!
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