Za’atar is a popular spice mix in Lebanese cuisine. Often, it’s mixed with olive oil and served on pitas or flatbreads. When I was living in Dearborn, MI (which boasts the second largest Arabic population outside the Middle East!) I used to love this “vegetarian delight” wrap at my local Lebanese restaurant. It was a flatbread with za’atar, feta, tomatoes and lettuce. Delicious. It can, of course, be used to flavor meat or, really anything you want!

I have seen really basic mixes for za’atar and ones that include marjoram, oregano and other herbs. I decided to make a really simple mix, figuring I could always add more herbs if I wanted. I used this recipe from recipezaar, but quartered the amount. Mmm, just like I remembered!

If you don’t feel like making your own, you can buy some. They sell cheap, enormous bags at many ethnic markets, or you can order online at Penzey’s or Spice House.
Za’atar Spice Mix

2 Tbsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. sumac
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Combine all ingredients in a spice or coffee grinder until well combined and forming a powder.



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