5 Unexpected Ways to Use Tahini

By Hillary Pollak

Today: Tahini isn't just for hummus. Here are five ways to use this savory and smooth sesame seed spread to its full potential.

As far as spreads go, tahini isn't much to look at. It's beige, gloppy, and it often has a yellowish layer of oil floating on top. It is likely sitting in the back of your fridge, where it's been since you bought it to make hummus.

Even if tahini won't win any beauty awards, it still deserves your attention. It has more oil than nut butter, which makes it rich and even more satisfying. It's also incredibly versatile, and will win over most foods with its creaminess and distinct texture. Before your jar goes to waste, it's time to draw it out from the depths of your kitchen and put it to use. Give it a quick stir to distribute its natural oils, then start digging in. Here are five ways to give tahini a more important role in your diet.

Check out the slideshow above to discover five unexpected ways to use tahini.

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This article originally appeared on Food52.com: 5 Unexpected Ways to Use Tahini.