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Aug 5, 2008 06:14 AM

Tahini substitute

I have a recipe that calls for a small amount of tahini, an ingredient I never use. Is there any way I can make up something that will give the same taste? I've found sites that suggest peanut butter, but I can't imagine that being satisfactory.

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  1. Any nut butter would suffice, I believe. But, if you never use tahini, you might never use any other nut butters, so you may as well buy some tahini. I'm not trying to be a smart-ass here...I've also heard of using peanut butter.

    1. I can't imagine peanut butter would be satisfactory, either. Tahini is a fairly neutral tasting paste, any peanut butter I've ever had is quite strong flavoured and would likely overpower the taste of whatever middle eastern food you're making. Of course if you're looking to create middle eastern-thai fusion it might be interesting ;-)

      1. I have used toasted Sesame Seed oil in place of tahini.

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        1. re: Alan408

          And if you have sesame seeds on hand (better if non-toasted), you can grind them up to use as tahini as well.

        2. It depends on what you're making. I've made hummus many times with natural peanut butter, and while it doesn't taste like it does when made with tahini, it's still delicious. Just different. Just don't use Skippy or Jif or whatever, use one that's made only of peanuts and salt.

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          1. re: Buckethead

            Thanks so much!!! I wanted to make hummus for an event tonight and all the stores were closed because it is a holiday so I couldn't buy that 'tahini' stuff! You saved my butt :)

          2. if you have a food co-op (natural foods store) near you, you may bring in your own container & buy the tahini by weight. just get exactly the amount for the recipe-- no waste. stock up on bulk spices, rice, grains, pasta, etc while you're there.