Spicy Green Tahini Sauce

We. Love. This. Sauce. We sometimes forget in everyday cooking how transformative a great sauce can be. Most high end restaurants have a saucier solely responsible for a restaurant’s sauces, dressings, and gravies; that is how important they are. We are trying to introduce a few game-changing sauces that will help you transform a basic dinner recipe. Today’s sauce is Spicy Green Tahini Sauce- a rich and creamy sauce made fresh and bright with herbs, lemon juice, and a jalapeno. We love this sauce on chicken kabobs but it also would be an excellent accompaniment to grilled vegetables, skirt steak, or as a dipping sauce on a veggie tray. It comes together in just a few minutes and livens up anything you add it to. 

Spicy Green Tahini Sauce 
Makes: 4 servings 
Total Time: 5 minutes 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup tahini 
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1/2 cup packed parsley or cilantro 
  • 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed 
  • 2 tbs olive oil 
  • up to 3 tbs water 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

  1. Put the first six ingredients (tahini – olive oil) in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add as much as 3 tbs of water to the sauce to get it to a pourable consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper to serve. 

Marinara Sauce

Tate’s dad is an Italian and there is nothing that he likes more than pasta with red sauce. Red sauce is a staple in both of his parents kitchens and serves as the base for many family recipes. We asked for a recipe last year and have delivered it here to you with our own twist. What we love about this sauce is that it is simple to put together but full of flavor. Depending on if you like basil or parsley, you can tweak the herbs in this recipe to cater to your individual taste. The most important part is choosing canned tomatoes that are high quality. Our personal preference is San Marzano.

You can use this recipe for dozens and dozens of dishes, including our Proscuitto Stuffed Chicken Breasts, a sauce for lasagna, or even a sauce for homemade pizza. It stores well in the freezer, so making a big batch is great to have extra on hand for later on.

Marinara Sauce

Makes: 8 cups of sauce

Active Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 80 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2, 14.5 cans whole plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, sliced into thin slices
  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1, 8 oz can tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Place the tomatoes and basil into a food processor and blend until completely pureed.
  • In a stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic. Stir the garlic and sauté 3-4 minutes, or until it is starting to brown. Add the parsley and stir.
  • Add the tomato puree and tomato paste to the pot. Stir to mix everything together well and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer, cover the pot, and cook for at least one hour.
  • Season with salt and pepper, if desired, before serving.