Tahini (Lebanon)

Tahini is also called sesame butter. You can buy it in some grocery stores, specialty stores, or in health food stores. Look at the label. If it has chick-peas added, then it's not really tahini, it's hommus.

To make your own, toast sesame seeds lightly (in a nonstick pan or in oven). Grind in food processor with a little sesame oil (the light-colored version) or vegetable oil. It should be a bit thinner than peanut butter. Tahini is used in other recipes or on its own as a dip for pitta bread.

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