November 10, 2011

Flavor of the Week - Zaatar

Zaatar is Middle Eastern spice mix that brings me back to my roots. My egyptian father would sometimes make his own version of this and would use it to flavor pita bread for a easy snack.   Drizzle olive oil on the pita and sprinkle  Zaatar all over it and place it in a hot oven for a few minutes. Serve with creamy tahini or baba ganoush for a delicious appetizer.

Zaatar typically is a blend of dried herbs like oregano, marjoram or thyme, sometimes spices like cumin and coriander, sesame seeds, salt and sumac. There are many different Zaatar blends (like there are many different curry blends). If you unfamiliar with sumac, trying Zaatar is a good introduction to it. Sumac has an almost shockingly sour lemon taste but adds an unusual element to the Zaatar.  

Other ways to use Zaatar would be to sprinkle it over hummus, or coat a piece of tofu 
or chicken with it before pan searing. You could also mix it with olive oil and make a paste to dip bread in. This week I used it to coat tofu and then pan-fried it. It made a nice flavorful crust and gave the tofu a great crunchy texture. I served it with a creamy tahini sauce. 

You can purchase Zaatar at most middle eastern stores, specialty grocery stores..... or even make your own.

Zaatar Recipe:
1 T thyme
1 T oregano
1 T marjoram
1 T cumin
1 T coriander
1 T sesame seeds
1 T sumac
1/2 tsp Salt

1 comment:

  1. I have been looking for this for years! My mom got some when I was younger and we didn't know what it was called and couldnt remember where we got it lol thank u!