George's Regional Zaatar - Lebanese Artisan Blend (400 g / 14.1 Oz)

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Known as the Lebanese Oregano, this wild thyme is tamed by combining it with sesame, sumac and other spices for a well-balanced flavor.

Mix equal portions of Zaatar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a special dip or spread.

Sprinkle on salads or mix with extra virgin olive oil for a unique Mediterranean dressing.

Apply to meat, chicken, fish or add to marinades for an extra kick of flavor.

Zaatar Uses and Benefits

Zaatar, a Middle Eastern spice blend primarily consisting of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, and salt, offers numerous benefits and uses. Zaatar is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen and can be used in various ways:

  1. Seasoning for Meat and Vegetables: Zaatar can be used as a dry rub or seasoning for meats such as chicken, lamb, or fish before grilling, roasting, or frying. It also adds flavor when sprinkled over roasted vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, or carrots.

  2. Flavoring for Dips and Spreads: Zaatar mixed with olive oil creates a flavorful dip or spread for bread. Simply mix zaatar with olive oil and use it as a dip for freshly baked bread, pita chips, or vegetables. You can also spread it on sandwiches or wraps for added flavor.

  3. Topping for Bread and Pastries: Sprinkle zaatar on top of bread, such as flatbreads, focaccia, or bagels, before baking for a delicious herbaceous flavor. Zaatar bread, often called Manakish or zaatar bread, is a popular Middle Eastern snack or breakfast item.

  4. Enhancement for Salads: Add a sprinkle of zaatar to salads for an extra layer of flavor. It pairs well with leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese. You can also mix it into salad dressings or vinaigrettes for a unique taste.

  5. Seasoning for Snacks: Zaatar can be used to season various snacks, such as popcorn, nuts, or roasted chickpeas. Simply toss the snacks with a bit of olive oil and zaatar before roasting or popping for a flavorful and aromatic snack.

These are just a few examples of how zaatar can be used in the kitchen to add flavor and depth to a wide range of dishes and snacks. Its versatility makes it a staple ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine and a favorite among home cooks and chefs alike.

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