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!
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.