Whether you spell it Zaatar, Zahtar or Za'atar, this traditional Middle Eastern blend is a staple in many kitchens throughout the Mediterranean region. Having tasted it, we readily understand its popularity! Just as with chili blends, curry blends, and even salsas, there are as many variations of Zaatar recipes as there are regions and families. Traditionally Zaatar is some combination of Sumac, thyme or hyssop, salt, and sesame seeds. The combination of the savory thyme with the tart citrus notes from the sumac makes it hard to stop eating!
Our favorite way to use Zaatar is to generously brush olive oil onto flatbread, Naan or pizza dough. Then sprinkle a few tablespoons of Zaatar on top. Bake it in a preheated oven at about 350-400 degrees until slightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Cut into wedges or just pull apart and enjoy!
Tips & ideas for enjoying Zaatar include:
- Zaatar with olive oil and use it for dipping pita, flatbread, or any bread.
- Sprinkle on fish or chicken, or generously mix into panko bread crumbs to cover chicken.
- Mix about 2 ½ Tbsp Zaatar into 1 pound ground turkey, beef or lamb, with 2-3 Tbsp unseasoned bread crumbs for great meatballs. (or even meatloaf!)
- Tastes great with feta cheese in salads or on any or all the sweet fall roasted veggies.
- Sprinkle on salads
- Great in tomato salads or just sprinkled on tomatoes
Our own recipe, blended with sea salt, sumac, sesame seeds, and thyme.