23
Dec
08

Za’atar

pita_with_zaatar

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.

To use: mix 1-2 tblsps of zaatar with 1-2 tblsps extra-virgin olive oil and spread on warm, toasted bread.

Place the pita in a hot oven (400ºF) for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is just melted. Pull it out and eat it hot!

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