Skip store-bought and make Homemade Za’atar yourself! Dried thyme, sea salt, sumac and sesame seeds is all you need to whip up this homemade spice blend. It’s great in marinades, salad dressings and sprinkling onto of hummus. This recipe yields 5 tablespoons.
There’s a dozen or so ways you can prepare za’atar. There is the oh-so-convenient way via spice grinder. Or you could get an upper arm workout on your 18-ton mortar and pestle. And by 18-ton I really mean 8 pounds. Whatevs. It all feels the same.
This Middle Eastern spice blend tastes amazing in and on just about anything. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?? One of my favorite ways to use za’atar is to mix it with olive oil and toss pita chips in just before baking, on top of hummus, tossed with veggies or use it to marinate chicken pieces and roast or grill until tender, juicy perfection. You get the drift. Google-search it and you’ll no doubt find a plethora of ways… or just wait until tomorrow and check back to this here blog.
Two Make This Homemade Za’atar You Will Need:
- dried thyme
- flaked sea salt
- ground sumac berries (dried)
- and sesame seeds
I’ve also seen herbs like oregano and savory used as well. But we’re sticking to the basics, man.
What Are The Best Spices For Making Your Own Seasonings and Spice Blends?
There’s no right or wrong brand. I will first say, buy what you can afford. However, not all spices are created equal as you tend to get what you pay for. Currently I use Morton & Bassett (not sponsored) because I find their spices to be top notch in texture, color and flavor. I love and respect what their company stands for not only with charitable work but also quality control. With that said some other wonderful brands I’ve used over the years are Simple Organic, Frontier Co-op and Penzys.
Place the 2 tablespoons dried thyme and 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt into your mortar. I found mine at HomeGoods for 12 bucks and I’ve had it for years!
Use the pestle, smashing and grinding the salt into the thyme until it’s nearly dust.
Next add the ground thyme and salt in a jar with 2 tablespoons sumac and 1-1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds. I purchased my sumac at Penzy’s but it also can be found in specialty markets and online.
Finally stir to combine. That’s it!
I store this in an air-tight container for a couple of months at least. Glass is best and I use squatty jars with a tight fitting lid for all of my homemade spice blends.
What are your favorite ways to use za’atar? This inquiring mind wants to know!
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- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
- 2 tablespoons ground sumac
- 1½ tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Add thyme and sea salt to your mortar, using your pestle to grind it finely.
- Add the ground thyme and salt with the sumac and toasted sesame seeds into a jar, stir to combine.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
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