Tahini: Round One
The bottle of tahini in my cupboard expires August 2012. However, I’m not sure it will last that long. One, because I plan on using it, but two, can something like that be open for almost a year and still be okay to eat?
Anyway, my boyfriend and I recently went on a cleaning binge and although we didn’t tackle our food storage situation, I thought I would help out by using what we had in house and not buying cream cheese or sour cream as a base for my pending dip. And believe me, it is KILLING me not to have cream cheese in the house, especially with all of the pumpernickel loaves I’ve been buying lately.
Pumpernickel, I’ve been noticing, certainly has a wider meaning than I realized. I’ve found some fairly plain, some with caraway seeds (my favorite) and I just bought a loaf at the Columbia Heights far mar that has broad sections of poppy seeds on the top, and was nicknamed ‘Black Russian.” Now I’m on a mission to discover all the different intricacies in pumpernickel, a very underutilized bread.
In the meantime, here’s a dip that is fantastic with pumpernickel crutons.
Feta Tahini Dip
Crumble feta into food processor, add tahini, lots of roughly chopped cilantro (with stems), scallions and oil. My mini-processor had a hell of a time cutting through the tahini so I added in a bit of hot water to get it going. It’s surprising how water really can help things out. Now that the texture was more manageable, I needed to bring in more flavor.
In my head, and because my boyfriend kept asking if I’d be making a bean dip, I kept thinking how this could be a totally not closely related spin off to hummus. Basically because I was using tahini. Anyway, I wanted to use lemon, but didn’t have one so instead I used a white wine vinegar to brighten the dip, plus lots of salt and pepper, and what the hell, red pepper flakes. Let the dip chill before using (my dip became crazy hot because the processor motor was working overtime on that thick tahini.)
Serve with raw red pepper strips, tortilla chips, pumpernickel croutons or some other crunchy vehicle.