Saturday, December 29, 2012


I purchase mine from Penzeys

Za'atar (zaatar)  OR Zatar, is a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas.

It is often mixed with olive oil and spread on bread; sometimes this is done at the table, other times the mix is spread on the bread rounds which are then baked. Za'atar also serves as a seasoning to sprinkle on vegetables, salads or kebabs.  Each country has a distinctive style of Za'atar, and each family develops its own special blend.

My neighbor served this with a fresh baked baguette, and 2 dipping bowls, one for the olive oil, the second for the Zatar.  I, in turn, had company and served the same.  Makes a great appetizer!

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