When I find a dish I like, I always scout out the recipe or try to duplicate the taste at home. Recently, my newest best friend on the spice rack is Mediterranean Za’ater. Here’s are recipes for making your own Za’ater, recipes using za’ater and best pricing on spices.
Za’ater Spices Recipe: I’ve listed the four main ingredients used in most Za’ater recipes, plus some variations that I’ve tried and liked.
one part Sumac
one part Greek oregano
one part thyme
one half part toasted white sesame seeds
salt to taste
Za’ater Spice options: add to main Za’ater spice recipe:
one part marjoram
one quarter part cumin (Go easy on the cumin as it tends to over power the other prices.)
Blend dry spices together and store in air-tight container. Use za’ater in these recipes:
Za’ater Bread: Using any soft flat bread or pita wrap, brush or spray bread with olive oil and coat with za’ater spices. Or use thawed frozen bread dough, flatten dough to 1/2 inch thick. Spread with olive oil and za’ater spice. Bake at 400 degrees until done.
Za’ater pasta: Toss small cooked pasta with olive oil, butter or ghee and za’ater spices. Add any combination of these ingredients: hummus, cooked diced chicken breast, chopped tomatoes, baba ganouj, crumbled feta cheese.
Oregano, thyme and marjoram are readily available from most grocery stores. Sumac is more difficult to find. Here are best prices on sumac from Amazon.
Spice World sells Sumac 42 oz for $15.00 (free shipping available)
Sadaf sells Sumac in a 12 pack of 2.4 ounce containers for $21.83 (free shipping available)
Ziyad Sumac sells for $4.95 per pound (plus $8.99 shipping).
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