I was strolling through the cold section of Trader Joes and discovered next to their vast selection of hummus, a container of TJ’s Tahini Sauce. The main ingredient was tahini which was appropriate, followed by lemon juice, water, garlic and salt.
Hummm… tahini ready to go in a sauce format. If that doesn’t wake up your Middle Eastern taste buds, what will? A touch of tomato paste, cumin and fresh parsley was all it needed to be the perfect topping for falafel.
I ordinarily buy tahini paste in a jar which is usually three times more than I need and rather spendy for something that will sit on my shelf until I whip up another batch of hummus or baba ghanosh.
Even though I still had over half a jar of tahini at home I decided to give this sauce a try. Because if it worked… I would no longer need to have a jar of tahini taking up space on my shelf, patiently waiting for my next tahini inspiration. All I needed was a couple of cans of garbanzo beans and I would be in hummus heaven.
Well, it worked as planned with the addition of a couple ingredients. I suppose you could skip the other additions, except maybe the water to thin it out. But in my opinion, a touch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice really made the difference.
With the help of my Cuisinart, I had a beautiful garbanzo bean mush within seconds, exactly what I was shooting for. I added the whole 8 oz. container of tahini sauce along with some water, salt and lemon juice. I didn’t think that it needed anymore garlic, but you could add more if you chose. The end result was quite tasty with only a few additional ingredients to get it to where my taste buds were giving me the thumbs up.
This recipe could easily be cut in half. But then you would have leftover tahini sauce in your fridge. So, make the whole batch and share it with your friends and neighbors.
TJ’s Tahini Sauce HUMMUS
2 15oz. cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 8oz. Trader Joes Tahini Sauce
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ - ¾ cup water
½ fresh lemon (about 1 ½ Tbsp. juice)
1 clove garlic (optional)
Drain and rinsed garbanzo beans and place them in the Cuisinart along with tahini sauce, salt, ½ cup of water and lemon juice. Blend until you get a smooth paste. Add more water if needed, until you get the right consistency.
If you choose to add the garlic, place it in the bowl of the Cuisinart first and mince by itself before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Click on the links below to see my other Hummus and Easy Pita Bread Recipes.