I love tahini. Tahini is to sesame seeds as peanut butter is to peanuts. It is the second ingredient in good hummus after garbanzo beans. In fact, this sauce is like really good, authentic hummus with yogurt instead of garbanzo beans. Tahini yogurt sauce is very simple and flavorful; creamy, salty, lemony. In this recipe, I roasted a whole butternut squash then topped it with this sauce. It’s a delicious and pretty side dish or a wonderful vegetarian meal on its own. Plenty of fiber and protein!
roasted butternut squash with tahini yogurt sauce
1 small butternut squash
yogurt tahini sauce:
8 ounces 2% or whole milk greek yogurt
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic- finely grated with a micro plane grater. I have this one and I use it all the time.
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or smoked paprika (optional)
good salt like kosher and fresh ground pepper
1 thinly sliced hot pepper such as fresno or red serrano
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the squash in half the long way. Scoop out all of the seeds. Drizzle with a tablespoon of the olive oil and season with plenty of salt and pepper. Roast the squash, cut side up, in the oven for 45 minutes. You want it to be really soft so it may take up to an hour, especially if you don’t use a small squash. Don’t rush this part because you’ll regret it if you do.
Meanwhile, combine the yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, grated garlic cloves, and cayenne or paprika. Mix well. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil a little bit at a time until it’s all mixed in. Taste it and add a little or lots of salt and pepper. You want it to be a little on the salty side. At least I always do!
Take out the roasted squash. Fill in the hole of the squash with plenty of the sauce. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced hot peppers and drizzle with more olive oil. Enjoy!
ps- tahini yogurt sauce is good with so many things such as any roasted vegetable or as a veggie or chip dip. I love it with roasted beef or lamb too.