Za’atar is a tasty spice mix commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking. We used to eat it, mixed with some olive oil into a paste, and spread on dough to make a type of pizza, manakeesh. It’s also great sprinkled on eggs, various vegetables, and as a spice rub for meat.
The term za’atar can mean a herb from the family that includes thyme, oregano and savoury. It is also the name of a spice mix, shown here, when thyme is mixed with sumac and sesame seeds. Tasty!
- ¼ cup dried thyme
- ¼ cup sumac
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- Optional: a few teaspoons of ground cumin, marjoram, or oregano
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Store in an airtight jar until ready to use.