Favorite ingredient: Tahini
Tahini is a thick paste made of ground sesame seeds that’s used in a variety of cuisines including North African, Greek and Middle Eastern. Erica uses it as a major ingredient in both her hummus and baba ganoush.
How to use it at home: Hummus with pita chips
This Betty Crocker recipe takes just 25 minutes, but if you’re super short on time, grab some packaged hummus from the grocery store. Hummus is great as a dip for veggies, pitas and chips or used as a sandwich spread.
Favorite ingredient: Za'atar
If you’re at Foxy Falafel and wondering what makes the baked pita chips taste so good, it’s za'atar, another of Erica’s must-have ingredients. Za'atar is a tangy, herb-focused Middle Eastern spice blend composed of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, marjoram and sumac.
How to use it at home: Multi-purpose spice blend
Once you introduce this spice blend to your kitchen, you’ll never run out of ways to use it. Erica recommends it for seasoning chicken and turkey, adding it to soups for an extra hit of flavor, and combining with olive oil to use as a dip for fresh-from-the-oven classic white bread. Look for it at specialty shops or make your own blend at home.