Ground into a paste sesame seeds are known as tahini, but whole and on their own they have any number of great uses in the kitchen. One of our favorite summer salads includes them: the Sesame, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad. They are also great as part of Savory Benne Wafers, a Lowcountry staple that, with a twist, has been turned into a one-bite cocktail snack. Toasted sesame seeds will also be the source of the wonderful flavors in Sesame-Crusted Turkey Mignons.
Or, for a simple and simply satisfying side dish, try some Broccoli with Sesame Seeds. Sometimes the dishes that bring together only a few ingredients result in flavors that punch well above their weight. Here the light and delicate flavors of garlic, soy, and green onions work incredibly well with toasted sesame seeds, creating a sweet-and-salty glaze for tender-crisp broccoli. You will love every crunchy bite. So explore the variation inherent in the simple sesame seed. It seems small, but it works well to create big flavors.