My passion for tahini is a running joke in the office, so it’s no surprise that I’m also a fan of another Middle Eastern pantry staple, date syrup. The sticky stuff, which is just strained blended dates, is the Goldilocks of sweeteners: richer and more complex than most honeys, sweeter than molasses, and way more flavorful than agave syrup. It’s one of the tastiest ways to get a little extra fiber, iron, potassium, and other minerals. You can find it at some markets near the other syrups or in the international aisle, or you can order it online. It’s great stirred into cocktails (add a little to your next old-fashioned), mixed into marinades (steak, pork, and lamb are great choices), swirled into your morning yogurt, and, yes, drizzled on tahini toast.
Buy it! Soom Silan Date Syrup, $10 (for a 12.3-ounce bottle); amazon.com