I first had za’atar, a Mediterranean spice blend featuring thyme, sumac and sesame seeds, in Israel, and it was a revelation. This savoury seasoning powder was good on almost everything — from seared lamb to yogurt — and I don’t know why it never occurred to me to just make my own.
Za’atar is an aromatic eastern Mediterranean spice blend that is used as both a seasoning and a condiment. Try sprinkling it in olive oil as a dip for bread, or use it in grain dishes or as a flavorful topping for hummus or other dips. Find more ways to spice things up in The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook, tap the link in our profile to take home your copy today!
According to America Test Kitchen’s new cookbook The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook, you can make your own batch of za’atar by combining 1/2 cup of ground thyme, 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds and 1 1/2 tablespoons of ground sumac. Once you have it all mixed up, watch the video above for tasty ideas on how to use it. I like it mixed into some good olive oil for dipping, but I’m also a huge fan of sprinkling it over roasted carrots or on my morning bagel (with cream cheese, duh).
How to Make Za’atar [America’s Test Kitchen]