Zaatar Serving Suggestions
Zaatar is the bitter herbs eaten by the Israelites on their flight from Egypt. Zaatar is the Arabic term for thyme and the generic term for a spice blend of thyme, sumac (generally unavailable in the United States), toasted sesame seeds and salt.
Zaatar is most often rolled onto Shanklish (an tangy artisan Lebanese cheese), but don’t miss the opportunity to use it on everything else.
- Add olive oil to Jemila Zaatar and mix to a paste-like consistency.
- Spread Jemila Zaatar on any flat bread and toast.
- Crumble feta cheese, top with Jemila Zaatar, and pinch with pita bread.
- Spread Jemila Zaatar on a pizza shell, top with sliced tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese.
- For an exquisite appetizer, spread Jemila Zaatar on gyro bread, add goat cheese, roasted red peppers and rock shrimp.
- Sprinkle dry Jemila Zaatar on eggs.
- Sprinkle dry Jemila Zaatar on a tossed salad, it’s a whole new experience!