A Zaatar Blend is mostly green herbs with ground sumac and toasted sesame seeds added mixed with olive oil and used as a spread for pita or flat bread. The taste is very nutty. This is a feel-good dish to make for others -- you'll use up outdated spices and make enough to share with friends. You can serve it with tea or dark wine and enjoy it with long conversations around a communal plate.
Recipe for Zaatar Bread
(or any green herbs or spices that are on their last legs)
Toasted sesame seeds, ground
1 Tbls. lemon peel or zest of one lemon
- Grab a cookie sheet, cover it with sesame seeds, toast them in the oven on 350 degrees until lightly brown.
- Grab a medium to large bowl. Dump in all of your dried green herbs and spices that have reached the end of their life cycle. The varied amounts are fine. Just mix them all together.
- Remove seed from oven, cool them, then crush seeds with a pestle in a small bowl.
- Combine with green herbs.
- Add olive oil, enough to create a paste out of the herbs. It shouldn't be dry, but not too thin.
- Sprinkle on a tsp of sumac if you have some on hand.
- Add the zest of one lemon to the bowl.
- Spread the resulting mixture on pita or flat bread pieces, and bake or broil until heated through (350 degrees for 6 to 9 minutes).