Zaatar (also spelt; za'atar, zahtar, zaatah, but all said in the same way [zaa-ta]) is the Arabic name for a spice mixture of dried and crushed wild thyme (a.k.a., mountain oregano), sumac {see wgaw blog archive: o1/o4}, toasted sesame seeds and salt.

How to use Zaatar

In my experience zaatar is most often used as a spread for bread. It is mixed with olive oil [zeit zay-toon] and the resulting paste is then spread over a piece of lebanese bread [KHo-bis] or toast and then baked in the oven.  This works for vegetarian and vegan guests really well.After cooking it is known as, 'fatayer bi zaatar' [fat'-tay-yerr bil zaa-ta] and/or mana'eesh [maa-na-aysh] and is simply gorgeous. The salt mixes into the herbs and the sesame seeds give it a little bit of a crunch. Fabulous for late, weekend breakfasts.

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