I have discovered za’atar for a while now and since then I cannot quit eating it. That interesting combination of sesame, lemon and spices reminds me of my fascination with the flavors of the Middle East.
10 tablespoons of sesame (seeds)
5 tablespoons of oregano
5 tablespoons of marjoram
3 teaspoons of basil
3 teaspoons of thyme
2 tablespoons of sumac
Use only dry condiments! Combine the oregano, marjoram, basil and thyme and heat in a nonstick pan, to release their flavors. Once the spices are heated, add 10 tablespoons of sesame. Sprinkle with the juice from 2 lemons and add 2 tablespoons of sumac. Roast in a pan, stirring continuously until the lemon juice evaporates.
Allow to cool and store in covered containers. When done under vacuum, your za’atar will retain its freshness and flavors for a longer time.
I prepare za’atar once in a while, in big quantities so I can have it anytime I want to use it. Mmmmmm… cannot wait to finish writing so I can eat a slice of fried bread, sprinkled with olive oil and za’atar. You can add it to a variety of salads and each time you will still be able to recognize its surprising scents. It combines great with eggplant salad or hummus.
Come on quickly with a hummus!
All you need is need 250g chick peas, 2 tablespoons tahini paste, 1 avocado, 3 garlic cloves, juice from one lemon, salt and if you like, a little bit of red pepper. Blend everything into a paste and transfer to a bowl. Spray with a little olive oil and some za’atar.