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6 Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Ingredients Trending on Menus

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By Amelia Levin April 23, 2018 Flavor
As more restaurants and chefs rally around these bright, simple, and wholesome cuisines, the crossovers with Israeli, Greek, and Middle Eastern influences shine through on modern menus. Here are a few ingredients trending at the moment.
Tahini

Chef Wyatt Lash | The Commoner | Pittsburgh

No longer reserved for making hummus, chefs are enjoying tahini on or blended with just about anything. When it comes to vegetables, the sesame seed paste lends an umami-rich, savory note and thickening function when used in dressings and dips. Executive Chef Wyatt Lash at Hotel Monaco’s The Commoner in Pittsburgh uses tahini in a puree made with charred eggplant and 24-hour brined, breaded, and charred cauliflower. This forms the base for a more composed dish with more breaded cauliflower pieces that are fried, tossed in a harissa buffalo sauce, and served with crispy chickpeas, coconut flakes, and a cooling yogurt sauce. 

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