What Exactly Is Za’atar, and How Do You Cook with It?
This supremely aromatic spice blend is an equal combination of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, dried marjoram, and sumac. Though the name “za’atar” actually means “thyme” in Arabic, is as delicious as it is multi-purpose. We love the versatility of this earthy mixture, and you can easily make it yourself. Some of our favorite ways to incorporate this heavenly herb blend:
We find that a sprinkle of za’atar jazzes up any simple dip for bread. The easiest (and most commonly found) recipe? Simply put some za’atar in a plate or bowl. Have a second bowl with olive oil ready. Simply dip a peace of fresh bread into the oil and then into the za’atar. Yummy! Combining za’atar with any form of cream cheese, is also a classic. Spread the cream cheese on a plate, and make a little spoon indentation in the middle. Then, sprinkle za’atar over the cheese and drizzle olive oil in the center. Grab some pita, scoop some of the mixture and you’re good to go.
Za’atar makes an excellent spice blend for flavoring roasted and sautéed veggies, breads, and meats. Coating roasted carrots or beets with a little za’atar and olive oil before roasting is another super easy way to add tons of earthy flavor to your veggies.
Dress it up
Using a little za’atar in a salad dressing adds a fragrant depth that we just can’t get enough of. Combine a little lemon juice, olive oil, and za’atar, and whisk together for a super simple way to dress up your salad.
Want to make your own?
Simply combine equal amounts of dried oregano, minced fresh thyme, and marjoram. Use double the amount of sumac, and half the amount of toasted sesame seeds. Add coarse salt, stir together, and you’ve got your very own homemade za’atar!