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    Za'atar

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    evelyn/athens's Note:

    From Aglaia Kremezi. The Lebanese believe that zaatar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds, gives strength and clears the mind. For this reason, before leaving home on exam days, all school children eat a slice of bread spread with a mixture of zaatar and olive oil. The traditional recipe for zaatar calls for thyme, but savory -- which has an aroma similar to a combination of oregano and thyme -- works much better.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    cup

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Grind the savory, sumac, salt and sesame seed in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder until you obtain a fine powder.
    2. 2
      Keep in a sealed jar in a cool, dark and dry place.
    3. 3
      To use: mix 1-2 tblsps of zaatar with 1-2 tblsps extra-virgin olive oil and spread on warm, toasted bread.
    4. 4
      Top with freshly-ground black pepper.
    5. 5
      You can also top pita breads with the zaatar and olive oil mixture and bake in the oven to make pita crisps.
    6. 6
      Zaatar will begin to lose its flavour after 2 months.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 18, 2010

      55

      Wonderful!! I also used the savory. So far tried in Cucumber Yogurt Za'atar Salad (How I Like It ). I would make this again.

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    • on May 31, 2009

      55

      I love zaatar! growing up my mom would open a container of Pillsbury biscuit's spread on the EVOO and Za'atar and bake and yum yum yum! The smell was all over the house and it was delicious!

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    • on November 19, 2007

      55

      Lord knows I can use some mind clearing! Whatever the metaphysical effects, this is worth making for the flavor. Terrific on pitas or warm bread. Thanks, Ev!

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    Nutritional Facts for Za'atar

    Serving Size: 1 (55 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 261.2
     
    Calories from Fat 131
    50%
    Total Fat 14.6 g
    22%
    Saturated Fat 3.1 g
    15%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 1563.8 mg
    65%
    Total Carbohydrate 36.8 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 23.6 g
    94%
    Sugars 0.0 g
    0%
    Protein 7.3 g
    14%

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