August 2007: Sesame Noodles

Buffet with noodles
Mary’s Sesame Noodles was a hit at a recent Friday night potluck.

This month I have a great sesame noodle recipe that can be served hot, warm or cold. It’s easy, inexpensive and a whole meal by itself. This recipe comes from Mary, one of our members who keeps busy with two teenage kids and doesn’t make it to common meals all the time. But when Mary cooks, people sign up to eat! She also likes to serve up root beer floats, which may add to her popularity. If you are looking for a crowd-pleasing meal that doesn’t take all day to prepare, this is it. I made it for our Friday night potluck tonight and it was delicious.

Sesame Noodles
Serves 10

2 lbs. grilled chicken or tofu, chopped into bite-size pieces
2 lbs. of spaghetti, cooked and drained
3 big heads of lettuce, torn into pieces

For the sauce, mix together:

1/2 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/3 cup salt-free broth
4 cloves garlic, pressed or crushed

To serve, start with some lettuce, pile on some of the spaghetti noodles, add a couple of spoonfuls of the diced chicken or tofu, and spoon a little sauce over it all. Go easy on the sauce – a little goes a long way!

Now you have a plate full of great flavors.