Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture of herbs, sesame seeds, sumac and salt. It is a spice blend that dates back to the 13th century. Za’atar is used many ways, but most frequently used as a table condiment. Dip warm flatbread into some olive oil and then dip into the Za’atar. Trust me it’s delicious. Za’atar also makes a great dry rub for both meats and vegetables. Sumac is a bit difficult to find. Go to a specialty spice store like, Kalustyans, or order online from Amazon.
1/4 Cup Sumac
2 Tablespoons Thyme
2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
2 Tablespoons Marjoram
2 Tablespoons Oregano
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
In a dry sauté pan, toast the sesame seeds on a high heat for two minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. In a small size bowl combine the sumac, thyme, toasted sesame seeds, marjoram, oregano and kosher salt. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Makes approximately 1/2 cup.