Za’atar or Satar or Zaatar however you feel like calling it, has as main ingredient the somehow insolit Summac.
Sumac is a spice of a deep red that comes from North Africa or Near East, it’s flavour is pungent and sour, very characteristic. For this preparation you can substitute it with same quantity of lemon juice. However, if you have the possibility, please try it, it strong flavour is very addictive, especially, as I like to use it on our italian focaccia with some cherry tomatoes, maybe try this one recipe here.
The Za’atar is a mix of herbs and sumac. The mix changes according to the area. This one is the mix I hear they use in Turkey: with thyme, sesame seeds and coarse salt. Sometimes they use fresh or dry oregano and/or majoran. Very Mediterranean!
Za’atar keeps very well because of the salt content, you can use it mixed with extra virgin olive oil on breads, focaccias (as I mentioned before) even on veggies and meats.
Try it and let me know your thoughts, or please send me your version!
- 2 Tbsp fresh thyme (only the leaves)
- 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 2 tsp sumac powder
- ½ Tbsp coarse salt
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- If you do not have the sumac, please try with the same quantity of lemon juice.
- To use it, mix with extra virgin olive oil to form a paste and spread. If you find the taste too strong just dilute with the oil a little more
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