The Perfect Condiment, Homemade Zaatar

June 22, 2011

Zaatar is a delicious flavorful and intensely aromatic Middle Eastern spice blend used as a condiment or seasoning on breads, yogurt, breads, meats and more. In Arabic, zaatar (or za'atar; pronounced ZAH-tar) also means thyme. It's typically made with dried herbs, but if using immediately, you can certainly use fresh for more flavor-packing punch! Double up on this recipe, as you'll want to have extra!

Tip: brush pita with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with Zaatar, and bake until toasty. To make a rub for meats (it's excellent on chicken!), simply rub meat with olive oil, sprinkle with zaatar, and grill (it's also great with crushed garlic for added flavor!). Drizzle a nice oil, such as walnut, olive, or grapeseed over Greek yogurt and sprinkle zaatar on top for a savory dip! It's even delicious served on top of scrambled eggs!

Homemade Zaatar

¼ cup sumac
2 tablespoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve it up!

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