Za'atar is a classic Middle Eastern spice blend that is both tangy and refreshing. Za'atar refers to wild thyme herbs that grow year-round in the Middle East. The herb resembles oregano but tastes like thyme. It is thought to be the hyssop (ezov) herb mentioned in the Torah. The dried herbs are added to a spice blend, known as za'atar. Za'atar is generally made from sumac, thyme, roasted sesame seeds, and sea salt.
Za'atar is mostly used as a complementary spice in Israeli cuisine. It is most traditionally topped on hummus and tahini and also mixed with olive oil and used in a plethora of ways; most notably, slathered on fresh laffa or pita bread.
Za'atar's earthy, nutty, bright flavors make a great rub for meat and wonderful spice for roasted vegetables. It is also amazing sprinkled on some sliced feta cheese or added to a cheese board with olives, nuts and sliced tomatoes.
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