Thursday, July 10, 2014

Za`Atar Spice Blend

Za'atar (zaatar) is a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas.


Za'atar is the Arabic name for an herb blend that is popular in Israeli cooking. Traditionally, the blend was made from a plant by the same name, but today most Za'atar blends are made from herbs like oregano, marjoram, and not  any of the "real" Za'atar herb

Za`Atar Flatbread
Current uses of what we now call Za'atar are mostly culinary. The seasoning mixture is comprised of dried herbs, toasted sesame seeds, ground sumac, and salt. Sumac is another Middle Eastern flavoring, characterized by its deep red berries and often sold dried and ground into a coarse powder with a tart, cranberry like flavor.
You can find a Za'atar blend at most Middle Eastern grocery stores or you can make it from scratch.
Za`atar Pizza on the left. Make a paste with Za`atar and Olive oil and spread on your already made flatbread and top with feta  cheese and place  in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 min. and serve with hummus  and Israeli Salad


Ingredients :
  • 1/4 cup sumac
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt   

Preparation:

Grind the sesame seeds in food processor or with mortar and pestle. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Store za'atar in a cool, dark place in a plastic zip bag or in an airtight container. When stored properly, Za'atar can be used from 3-6 months.