Few ingredients enjoy enough popularity to make it in fast-food burger restaurants and yet still bring an air of the exotic to dishes at independent restaurants.In fact, sesame seeds may be the only one.A staple of Southern cooking, where they’re called “benne seeds,” and an ingredient in pantries from East Asia to the Middle East to Latin America, sesame seeds can add crunch, color or nuttiness to food. They also are used as a thickener.“I love sesame seeds,” says Gavin Mills, chef of ...

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