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Za’atar Recipe

Za'atar is a versatile Middle Eastern spice blend that adds a unique flavor to a variety of dishes. Here's a simple recipe for making your own Za'atar blend at home:

Cuisine ​: Middle Eastern

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Ingredients

1
4 tablespoons dried thyme
2
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3
2 tablespoons sumac
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1 tablespoon dried oregano
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1 teaspoon sea salt

Method

1
In a dry skillet, toast the sesame seeds over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until they are lightly golden and fragrant. Remove them from the heat and let them cool completely.
2
In a small bowl, combine the toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, sumac, dried oregano, and sea salt.
3
Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency. Some prefer a fine powder, while others like a slightly coarser texture.
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Once ground, transfer the Za'atar blend to an airtight container or spice jar for storage.
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Store the Za'atar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It will keep for several months, although it's best used within a few weeks for optimal flavor.
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Use your homemade Za'atar blend to season grilled meats, roasted vegetables, salads, dips, or as a topping for breads and flatbreads. It adds a delightful herbal, nutty, and tangy flavor to any dish!

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Chef's note

Feel free to adjust the quantities of the ingredients to suit your taste preferences. You can also customize your Za'atar blend by adding other herbs or spices such as marjoram, cumin, or chili flakes for an extra kick. Enjoy experimenting with different combinations to create your perfect Za'atar blend!

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