Za’atar is a Middle Eastern herb blend with a mild earthy flavor. The best I’ve ever found was at the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. Since then, I’ve been on a quest to make za’atar that’s as good. There are probably as many recipes for za’atar as there are seeds in a pomegranate, but what virtually all have in common is toasted sesame seeds, thyme, and salt. Variations use other ingredients like oregano. I love the smooth lemony flavor of sumac, so I’ve used it in my recipe. Though typically recipes call for dried thyme, I like the pop of fresh. I hope you like my recipe, but I hope even more that you’ll be inspired to experiment with ingredients and proportions to make your own recipe that you and your family will love.
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 tbsp sumac
- 1 tsp sea salt
Blend ingredients together in sm. bowl.
Grind in spice grinder to desired texture.
Za'atar can be stored in airtight container for up to two weeks.
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